K-State Research and Extension
2013 Report to the Kansas Legislature

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K-State Helps Communities Improve Access to Food

Cuba Cash Store, 2013Grocery stores are vital to small communities. The Pottawatomie County economic development director reported that the city of Onaga lost $20,000 per year in sales tax revenue when its grocery store burned.

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Sorghum Research Could Extend Water Resources

Sorghum Research, 2013Compared to corn or soybeans, the other major summer row crops in western Kansas, grain sorghum requires less water to make a decent yield and handles stress better. No other crop makes such efficient use of available water and consistently generates income as a cash crop under such a wide range of soil and weather conditions.

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Multistate Effort Launched to Improve Beef Safety

Beef Research, 2013There are 500 known Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), 100 of which can cause illness in humans. A multistate grant research project will focus on the seven most dangerous strains of E. coli, plus a new strain that made its first widespread appearance in an outbreak in Europe in 2011.

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New Ways to Encourage Nutrition, Health

Nutrition, Health 2013Kansas’ adult obesity rate is 29 percent — more than double the 13.5 percent rate 15 years ago (Source: Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

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