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Ag Report


Student Diversity Program Winners

Carlos Flores, senior in agricultural economics, and Tiffany Carter, doctoral student in agronomy, were chosen as 2017 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program winners. They recently attended the forum in Washington, D.C.

Flores was one of 20 undergraduate students chosen based on his “Agriculture as a Career” essay. Carter was among eight graduate students selected for essays on “The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture Over the Next 5 Years.”

“USDA’s Outlook Forum gives these students the opportunity to hear leaders describe their vision for the direction of agriculture’s future,” said USDA chief economist Robert Johansson. “USDA in turn welcomes the next generation to learn so they might excel to even greater heights in their careers.”

The Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Three of the 10 graduate students who participated in the 14th Capitol Graduate Research Summit on March 10 were from the College of Agriculture.

  • Regina Enninful, doctoral student in agronomy, Ghana, for “Characterization of parents of sorghum mapping populations exposed to water-deficit stress during the vegetative stage.” Associate Professor Krishna S.V. Jagadish is her advisor.
  • Jack Lemmon, master’s student in animal science, Manhattan, for “Effects of intensive late-season sheep grazing following early-season steer grazing on population dynamics of Sericea lespedeza in the Kansas Flint Hills.” He is advised by Professor KC Olson.
  • Ryan Schmid, doctoral student in entomology, Kingsley, Iowa, for “Protecting Kansas wheat: Assessment of a novel Hessian fly monitoring strategy.” Associate Professor Brian McCornack serves as his mentor.

Schmid’s research focuses on developing a monitoring tool for Hessian fly, a significant insect pest of wheat. The results demonstrate the potential for light-emitting diodes to improve Hessian fly monitoring, which will give Kansas wheat producers much-needed information to make management decisions and reduce yield loss from this pest.

“As one of the top wheat-producing states, tools that help to protect this valuable commodity — and consequently the livelihood of a large portion of rural Kansas — are indispensable,” Schmid said.

Eight graduate students prepare to compete in the 2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition finals on Feb. 16. Dave Lewis, KMAN morning radio host, narrated the contest.

Doctoral students in agronomy Anju Giri and Olalere Marcus Olatoye represented the College of Agriculture. Giri’s topic was  “Selection strategies of wheat under water-deficient conditions.” Olatoye’s topic was “Producing more with mess.” The judges for the final competition were Coach Bill Snyder; Manhattan’s Mayor Usha Reddi; and Manhattan Commerce Bank President Tom Giller.

Roger Cochrane, doctoral student working with Cassie Jones assistant professor of animal sciences, was recently awarded the Endeavour Research Fellowship to spend the fall 2017 semester studying in Australia. He will be working with John Pluske to study antibiotic replacements. Dr. Pluske was recently at K-State as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Johanie Rivera-Zayas, doctoral student in agronomy, was accepted as one of 13 students in the Caminos Thesis Competition in Food and Agricultural Sciences as a U.S. Department of Agriculture fellow. She will participate in the sixth annual Career Preparation Institute from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and Texas State University.  She was selected for her thesis on the effects of fertilizer-nitrogen and cover crops on inbred maize yields. She earned her master’s degree in agro-environmental sciences from the University of Puerto Rico.

Libraries Student Ambassadors

Leah Russell, freshman in agricultural communications and journalism, Gardner; Erryn Goods, sophomore in animal sciences and industry, and pre-veterinary medicine, Plumas Lake, California; and Shiwei Xu, master’s student in grain science, China, were among 17 students chosen to serve two-year terms as K-State Libraries Student Ambassadors.

Academic Quadrathlon Advances

K-State’s “3 She’s and a He” team placed first overall among 17 teams in the K-State Animal Sciences Academic Quadrathlon. 

Team members are Cameron Hayden, junior from Cassopolis, Michigan; MaRyka Smith, senior from Hoyt; Taylor Ochsner, junior from Andover; and Jenna Chance, sophomore from Lebanon, Indiana.

They will compete at the Midwest Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon in conjunction with the Midwestern section of the American Society of Animal Science meetings in Omaha, Nebraska.

Fourth and Pomeroy Associates of Clay Center has sponsored the team for 13 years.

Forage Bowl Team

The Forage Bowl Team took second place at the National Forage Bowl Competition in Roanoke, Virginia, in conjunction with the American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Meeting.

K-State’s Forage Bowl Team won the national championship in 2015 and 2016.

Team members, all agronomy majors, are Wyatt Oliver, senior, Smith Center; Cole Renner, junior, Norton; Derek Balzer, senior, Belle Plaine; and Alexandria Mustain, senior, Leavenworth. Doohong Min, assistant professor of agronomy, coaches the team.

The K-State Crops team — Jessica Bramhall, Sarah Zerger, Hayden Gutterman and coach Kevin Donnelly — earned a share of the national crops contest championship. K-State has won or shared the collegiate crops contest title in 20 of the last 23 years.

Bramhall, Zerger, Michaela Simmelink, Samantha L’Ecuyer, and Nicole Sudbeck took first place in the Australian Universities Crops Competition in Temora, New South Wales. Donnelly and Kim Kerschen, academic coordinator in agronomy, accompanied the team. The event was hosted by the Australian Grain Growers organization.