K-State Research and Extension News
April 01, 2014
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F.A.S.T. Academy Prepares Students for Agriculture’s Future

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The anticipated world population growth calls concern to how it will affect global food production. Kansas 4-H’s F.A.S.T Academy scheduled for July 8-11, 2014 at Kansas State University, is designed for current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have a passion for food, agriculture, science and technology; all key factors in the success of future agricultural pursuits.

“It is vital that young leaders understand the critical role of agricultural science innovation. The F.A.S.T. Academy will equip attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to look at the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability,” Sarah Keatley, 4-H Youth Development events coordinator, said. 

Attendees of the academy will have the opportunity to participate in labs, tour research facilities at the university and meet with industry professionals one-on-one.

Keatley said that attending the academy provides students with experience and allows them to explore the diverse industry through tracts such as food processing, food safety and security, environment and natural resources, agricultural engineering and biotechnology.

Students do not have to be a Kansas 4-H member to apply. Registration can be found online and will close after the first 100 attendees sign up.

For more information, students can learn more about the academy at F.A.S.T Academy or by contacting Sarah Keatley by phone 785-532-5800 or email keatley@ksu.edu.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Kaitlin Morgan
K-State Research & Extension News

Sarah Keatley – keatley@ksu.edu