Welcome to the CAFSSS Agricultural Research Station (ARS) at KSU. The CAFSSS has nationally and internationally recognized research programs in aquaculture (fish farming), organic agriculture, sustainable biofuel feedstock production, alternative fruit and nut crops, ecological entomology, alternative pesticides and water quality, global information systems, agroforestry, goat production, biotechnology, obesity and human health, and apiculture.

The Aquaculture Program,  KSU’s “Program of Distinction,” is widely recognized as being a national and international leader in the areas of paddlefish culture, freshwater prawn culture, Koi breeding, production of largemouth bass on-feed, and fish meal replacement research for catfish and hybrid striped bass.

Additionally, KSU boasts the largest multi-disciplinary team organic agriculture program in the 1890s Land Grant system; recently released its first pawpaw fruit variety, KSU-Atwood™; and created the “Shape Up-KSU” program for assessing risk factors for metabolic syndrome in African-American young adults.  These research programs provide mentoring opportunities for students in the Baccalaureate Degree in Agriculture, Food, and Environment (AFE), the Masters of Science in Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, and Masters of Science in Environmental Studies degree programs, as well as faculty experienced in cutting edge research techniques in areas important to agricultural, aquaculture, food, and environmental sciences.  Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in our programs at kirk.pomper@kysu.edu or 502-597-6174.

Kirk W. Pomper, Ph.D.

Associate Research Director

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