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K-State Weed Scientists Seeking Input on Herbicide-Resistant Grasses



K-State weed scientists would like some help from producers, extension agents, crop consultants, agronomists, and others in documenting the distribution of two herbicide-resistant grassy weeds.
1/26/2015 8:00:00 AM


Take Steps to Better Health: Walk Kansas Starts March 15



It’s as simple as putting one step in front of another. That’s the idea behind Walk Kansas, an eight-week K-State Research and Extension program that starts March 15, designed to promote activity and better health.
1/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
1/21/2015 8:00:00 AM


Growing Vegetables for Profit is Focus of Conference in Liberal



The business of growing vegetables is the focus of a one-day conference at Seward County Community College in Liberal on Feb. 3. The conference is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in Grant, Haskell, Meade, Seward, and Stevens counties.
1/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


K-State Announces New Grain Science and Industry Department Head



The College of Agriculture at Kansas State University has announced Gordon Smith as the new head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry. Smith will also direct the International Grains Program Institute, located in Manhattan. He will begin his official appointment Feb. 2.
1/13/2015 8:00:00 AM


NUTRITIONAL LABELING ON MENUS Play Audio



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced its final rules for nationwide nutritional labeling on menus and vending machines. Before the end of the year, establishments with at least 20 locations will be required to post calorie counts on all menu items, calorie boards and drive thru displays. The new rules apply to restaurants, movie theaters, pizza parlors, amusement parks, grocery stores and anywhere else ready-to-eat meals are sold. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says that making calorie information available to consumers is an important first step in helping them make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

1/8/2015 6:00:00 PM


Regional farmers’ market vendor workshops planned



Kansas farmers’ markets across the state are doing much more than just providing a fresh food source. The farmers offering their produce, as well as the consumers taking advantage of the farm-fresh offerings are also simulating the local economy. There are now 130 active farmers’ markets in Kansas compared to the 26 in operation in 1987. The growth in this sector helps provide Kansans with more revenue and more high-quality food choices.
12/22/2014 8:00:00 AM


2013 World Food Prize Winner Robert Fraley to Kick Off K-State’s Global Food Systems Lecture Series



Robert Fraley, the executive vice president and chief technology officer for Monsanto, has been chosen to be the first speaker in Kansas State University’s Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture series.



12/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


Success of Extension in 2014 Play Audio



The associate director of Extension at K-State, Daryl Buchholz, reflects on Extension's achievements in 2014, responding to the "grand challenges" that Kansans have identified for Extension to address...among them, water, global food systems, leadership development and community vitality.

12/17/2014 6:00:00 PM


A TWO-GENERATION APPROACH TO POVERTY – PART TWO Play Audio



More than 21 percent of Kansas children, some 40-thousand, live in poverty.  That’s an increase of 22 percent over the past five years.  And policy changes to programs such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, known as TANF, have made it more difficult for low-income families and their kids to gain access to the assistance they need.  Now, new recommendations from the Annie E. Casey Foundation propose integrating state and federal employment, education and child care programs for parents and children to create a better life for families.  The guest is Shannon Cotsoradis, president and CEO of Kansas Action for Children.
 

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


DINING IN FOR HEALTHY FAMILIES Play Audio



Eating healthier foods, saving money and building relationships are just a few of the benefits of “dining in” with your family. While today’s active lifestyles don’t always make that possible, there’s an effort to get as many families as possible to “dine in” on December 3rd. It’s all part of the inaugural Family and Consumer Sciences Day. In conjunction with this global event, K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences specialist are encouraging families across the state to prepare and eat a healthy meal at home.
 

11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM


Sustainable Intensification, Part Two Play Audio



Jules Pretty talks about feeding an ever-expanding world population.

11/18/2014 6:00:00 PM


THE EATING MARATHON HAS BEGUN Play Audio



We’re in the early stages of what many call an eating marathon – which started with Halloween and runs through Valentine’s. Also along the marathon route are Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and the Super Bowl. So, how can we enjoy all of these occasions without packing on the pounds? K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences specialist for northeast Kansas, Sharolyn Jackson, says eating in moderation and being physically active are two of the best ways to avoid gaining weight over the next several months.
 

11/13/2014 6:00:00 PM


PREPARING FOR THANKSGIVING Play Audio



According to the National Turkey Federation, 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving. And, they’re eating a lot of it! 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving and 22 million are eaten each Christmas. A common fear associated with fixing a turkey is overcooking it and having it turn into turkey jerky. K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee says choosing and preparing a turkey isn’t complicated – if you plan ahead and follow a few simple steps.
 

11/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs



Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM


Push Processed Trans Fats Aside



Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM


What’s With the New Food Labels?



MANHATTAN, Kan. – New food labels on familiar products in the meat and produce departments at grocery stores may be helpful to consumers evaluating their food choices, a Kansas State University specialist said.
1/15/2009 8:00:00 AM


Is it Done Yet?  Food Pro Gives Baking Tips



MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the dilemmas that first time and even veteran bakers encounter is in determining when a baked product is done.


11/24/2008 8:00:00 AM