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AG HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK:
Kentucky State University Students Bring Home Awards from National Research Symposium
Kentucky State University students took home six awards at the 41st annual Association of 1890 Research Directors Research Symposium, which was held April 1-4, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga.
More than 1,000 participants from the 1890 universities attended the meeting, and 450 student research papers and posters were presented. KSU had 19 graduate and 16 undergraduate students from the College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems attend.
Six students took home awards in the oral and poster categories:
- Fred Gonzales – First Place, graduate oral presentation in the Animal Health and Production and Animal Products category.
- Bijesh Mishra – Third Place, graduate oral presentation in the Family, Youth, Community, and Economic Development category.
- Sathya Govindasamy – First Place, undergraduate oral presentation in the Plant Health and Production and Plant Products category.
- Trevor Claiborn – Second Place, undergraduate oral presentation in the Family, Youth, Community, and Economic Development category.
- George J. Pate – First Place, undergraduate oral presentation in the Animal Health and Production and Animal Products category.
- Amit Yadav – Third Place, graduate poster presentation in the Animal Health and Production and Animal Products category.
KSU Helps Preserve Kentucky Heirloom Crops
Kentucky State University’s Land Grant Program joined hundreds of others on April 1 at the Fifth Annual Appalachian Seed Swap at Pike Central High School in Pikeville. This event strives to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing various heirloom seeds and plants once a year. It attracts more than 700 gardeners from 13 states.
The College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems brought pawpaw seeds to swap with others. KSU is a worldwide leader in pawpaw research and is home to the only full-time pawpaw research program on the globe. The research program has cultivated two new pawpaw varieties: KSU-Atwood™ and KSU-Benson™.
KSU Student Wins State Environmental Education Award
Trevor Claiborn, a senior in the KSU College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems, is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Rising Star for Excellence in Environmental Education award from the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education. Claiborn established the Farmer Brown Tha’ MC character, a rapping farmer who helps educate young people about the importance of agriculture and to consider careers in the industry.
To learn more about Farmer Brown and Trevor’s work, go here: http://www.kentucky.com/living/home-garden/article130590194.html
ICYMI: KSU Welcomes New Extension Directors
Johnnie Westbrook, associate extension administrator, and Courtney Owens, interim assistant extension administrator and state specialist in program and staff development have joined Kentucky State University. Dr. Westbrook will direct KSU’s Cooperative Extension Program, which focuses on solving problems faced by those who have limited social and economic resources and to improving the quality of life and vitality of communities and individuals throughout Kentucky. Learn more here: http://www.state-journal.com/2017/01/12/kentucky-state-university-welcomes-westbrook-and-owens/
On the left is Dr. Courtney Owens, on the right Dr. Johnnie Westbrook
Kirk W. Pomper, PhD
Director of Land Grant Programs
Co-op Extension Building