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Prepare Kansas —
Would you be financially ready?

Disaster can strike any time. Are you financially prepared for the worst?With rain sparse and daytime temperatures hovering in the upper 90s, flooding and other types of disasters can seem remote. But native Kansans know how quickly that can change.
Prepare Kansas is a new K-State Research and Extension online financial challenge designed to help individuals and families be better prepared for disaster and recover more easily afterward. The program focuses on a few activities each week during September:
  • developing a household inventory,
  • checking insurance,
  • assembling a grab-and-go box, and
  • post-disaster tips.

What's eating your trees?

Emerald ash borer was first detected in North America a little more than 12 years ago in the Detroit area. It has rapidly spread to 23 other states — including Kansas in 2012. The insect has been identified in Wyandotte and Johnson counties, and Leavenworth County is under a temporary quarantine.
To help landowners and others scout for the pest and identify damage, K-State Research and Extension-Johnson County has planned a September 15 class.

K-State scientists collaborate with international team
on breakthrough of wheat’s genetic code

Scientists at Kansas State University are helping map wheat's genetic sequence.Grown worldwide on more acres than any other crop, and with more protein content than rice or maize, wheat is a vital source of nutrition to the world’s increasing population.

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, which includes faculty at Kansas State University, recently published a draft sequence of wheat's genetic code, which is called a genome. "A chromosome-based draft sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat genome" is one of four papers about the wheat genome that appear in the journal Science.
Creating a genetic map of wheat will help scientists improve disease resistance as well as grain production.


New Publications in the KSRE Bookstore

Understanding Reverse Mortgages: Do They Make Sense for You? 
Many older homeowners consider reverse mortgages as a means of partially funding their
Shopping Safely at Farmers Markets. Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity, but it is important to pay attention to food safety when buying an
Thousand Cankers Disease and Black Walnuts: a Deadly Combination
Reverse Mortgages:
Do They Make Sense for You?
Thousand Cankers Disease and Black Walnuts

Feeding the Future: K-State's Mason Says Global Food System is Complex

K-State provost and nutrition researcher April Mason (pictured) says K-State and other universities are key in finding ways to curb food waste, improve food distribution, and recognize where genetically-modified foods fit into the picture.
April Mason
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eXtension, March 2013