K-State Research and Extension News
July 10, 2013
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K-State Swine Researcher Part of Award-Winning Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University animal scientist Jim Nelssen is part of a multistate team that will be honored for research that has solved problems related to swine nutrition.

The North Central Region Excellence in Multistate Research Award is given in recognition of successful, coordinated, high-impact research and extension efforts conducted by scientists from agricultural experiment stations and cooperative extension units at land-grant universities.

This year’s award recognizes work that solved problems related to swine nutrition, including the development of economical feeding programs and dietary guidelines for the swine industry, solving problems with contaminated swine feed, and reducing environmental impacts of swine production, according to a June 28 announcement from the North Central Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, which is presenting the award.

The United States is the world’s third-largest producer and consumer of pork, and exports more pork products than any other country, according to the NCRA. As the sixth-largest U.S. farm commodity, the pork sector provides consumers with quality protein and is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy. The swine industry faces constant challenges from new environmental policies, novel feedstuffs, and contamination of staple swine feeds like corn.

The 2013 award recipients developed new technologies and practices to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of swine production throughout the U.S., including work that optimized swine nutrition, improved pigs’ weight gain and overall health, and reduced piglet mortality.

Research by the team identified alternatives to corn and soybeans that are cost-effective and still meet the nutritional requirements of pigs throughout their lives.

The team also responded to an outbreak of mold called Vomitoxin in corn in 2010. The mold posed a particular problem for producers who depend on corn as a primary swine feed. The research committee responded to the crisis, deploying treatments to producers in less than four months.

In addition to K-State’s Nelssen, this year’s North Central Region Award of Excellence in Multistate Research honors scientists from 15 other universities and federal partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.


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: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Dr. Jim Nelssen – 785-532-1251 or jnelssen@ksu.edu; Neal Merchen, 217-333-3462 or Christina Hamilton, 608-561-1073