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Global Food Systems
Kansas State University
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Centers and institutes

Kansas State University is a leader in crop protection, animal health and food safety. The initiative leverages the global food system facilities on the university's Manhattan, Salina and Olathe campuses, as well as partnerships with other organizations that have chosen Manhattan, Kan., as their headquarters.

The university's current and planned global food system facilities address the many facets of the global food system and creates one of the world's greatest clusters for research in crop protection, animal health and food safety.

Plant and animal centers and institutes

Beef Cattle Institute
Through education, research and outreach, the institute addresses current and future issues facing the beef industry.

Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Program

BIVAP specializes in the development of biomaterials processing technology and using agricultural-based materials to produce higher-value products for economic development.
 
Biosecurity Research Institute
The BRI is a biosafety level-3 and biosafety level-3 agriculture facility that focuses on high-consequence animal, plant and foodborne pathogens that threaten agriculture and human health. The BRI also offers BSL-3 laboratory training and is equipped with large animal holding pens.
 
Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases
CEEZAD, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security laboratory headquartered at Kansas State University, develops innovative countermeasures against high-priority foreign, emerging and zoonotic diseases that threaten human and animal health.
 
Hal Ross Flour Mill
The mill is a state-of-the-art pilot scale flour mill used for teaching, research and industry training. It contains the same full-scale equipment and control systems used in the commercial flour milling industry.
 
Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine
ICCM's focus is to apply quantitative mathematical modeling and simulation techniques to problems in animal health and welfare as well as predict their impact on human health and food safety.
 
IGP Institute Conference Center
The IGP is a global education center that offers courses in flour milling and grain processing, grain marketing and risk management, and feed manufacturing and grain management.
 
Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
KSVDL develops and delivers accurate, innovative and timely diagnostic and consultative service to the veterinary and animal health community.
 
Kansas Wheat Innovation Center
The KWIC was built by the Kansas Wheat Commission on land owned by Kansas State University. The center houses Heartland Plant Innovations and the university's Wheat Genetics Resource Center — initiatives focused on developing new technologies for wheat farmers.
 
Heartland Plant Innovations
HPI develops advanced technologies for gene discovery, trait validation and crop improvement in order to deliver new products and production platforms.
 
Wheat Genetics Resource Center
The internationally recognized WGRC conducts and coordinates genetic studies in wheat. The center includes laboratories, greenhouses and field plot facilities available for teaching and research. It is the first crop plant-based Industry/University Cooperative Research Center designated by the National Science Foundation.
 
O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center
The newly constructed feed technology innovation center is a world-class facility focused on addressing the needs of the livestock feed industry. Areas of focus include the science of feed processing, pet food development and grain handling.
 
U.S.–China Center for Animal Health
The U.S.-China center is an international animal health partnership between both countries. Kansas State University serves as a training center for improving China's animal health education, research, government and industrial workforce. It also serves as a pipeline into each nation's animal health market for animal health companies. 
 
USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet
The Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab focuses on using science and technology to produce innovations such as climate-resilient crop varieties and more profitable market approaches for the farmers in the three target nations.
 
USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics
The Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics focuses on developing improved wheat germplasm along with novel breeding tools and methodologies.
 
USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss
The Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab is a strategic and applied research and education program. It aims at providing global leadership in food security by reducing post-harvest loss and food waste of durable staple crops and their processed value-added products.

Food centers and institutes

Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs
The center provides science-based solutions to problems impacting food safety in child nutrition programs across the U.S.
 
Food Science Institute
The program consists of nationally and internationally recognized faculty serving as teachers, mentors, researchers and extension specialists in food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, veterinary medicine, cereal science, dairy science, meat science, food service, sensory analysis, food engineering, human nutrition and produce development.
 
Dairy Processing Plant
This plant is equipped to produce a variety of dairy products as well as for pasteurization, homogenization, churning, condensing and ultrafiltration of dairy foods. The dairy facility can be used for the manufacture of new products and study new ingredient functionality.
 
Food chemistry laboratories
These various laboratories are used to determine the chemical and physical properties of food. A certified lab is available for use of carcinogens.
 
Food microbiology and food safety laboratories
These labs include a biosafety level-2 pilot processing facility — used for research and teaching — that contains meat grinders, stuffers, a pathogen inoculation containment cabinet, steam pasteurization equipment, a charbroiling grill, a blade tenderization unit, walk-in coolers and a smokehouse. A biosafety level-2 aseptic processing lab includes a custom designed post-process pasteurization system for conducting pathogen studies on ready-to-eat food products such as hot dogs.
 
Kansas Value Added Foods Lab
A development lab that offers food-related businesses, processors and entrepreneurs numerous services, including assisting in new food production; conducting shelf life tests; reviewing product labels; and generating nutritional information.
 
Meat Science Facility
A research and education facility that serves the livestock and meat industries nationally and internationally through research and extension programming. 
 
Sensory Analysis Center
The Sensory Analysis Center is an internationally recognized research institute skilled in consulting, project management, method development, educational sensory and consumer research. The center has experience evaluating foods, beverages, cosmetics, fabrics, packaging, paints, health care, personal care products and fragrances.
 
Thermal Processing Lab
The lab's focus is educating food processors, evaluating larger-scale food formulations, and providing training experience with processing equipment. The lab also works with processors to develop new products, test thermal processes and scale up operations to market test-size batches.
 
National Agricultural Biosecurity Center
The NABC develops, coordinates, implements and leverages a broad range of programs and capabilities to address diverse threats to the U.S. and world agricultural economies and food supply.
 
Rapid Response Center for Food Topics
The K-State Rapid Response Center is a resource offering topics including food science, human nutrition, food service, textile, home care and other consumer topics.
 
Sensory and Consumer Research Center at the Olathe campus
Located at the Kansas State University Olathe campus, the center offers both qualitative and quantitative research in addition to consulting and project management.

Partner centers and institutions

Advanced Manufacturing Institute
Experts in engineering, product design, manufacturing and business offer assistance with business planning and research, engineering and economic development.
 
Kansas Department of Agriculture Headquarters
The KDA is the nation's first state department of agriculture and is dedicated to providing support and assistance to make Kansas businesses successful.
 
Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service Center for Grain and Animal Health Research is the only USDA research laboratory in Kansas. Located near the Kansas State University Manhattan campus, the center conducts research and develops innovative technologies to solve soil erosion, the production and storage of grain, and arthropod-vector animal diseases. The center is comprised of five research units.
 
Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit
ABADRU studies animal diseases transmitted by arthropods, and develops diagnostic tools, vaccines and other technologies to protect animal health.
 
Engineering and Wind Erosion Research Unit
EWERU develops technology to measure and preserve grain quality, and to reduce wind erosion.
 
Grain Quality and Structure Research Unit
The unit investigates relationships between physical and chemical attributes and end-use quality for various products, and develops rapid and precise predictive tests.
 
Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research Unit
The unit finds and provides new genetic material to address hard winter wheat problems including insect pests, disease and abiotic stresses.
 
Stored Product Insect Research Unit
SPIRU develops new knowledge and methods for controlling insect pests in grain and food products to replace or reduce the use of traditional pesticides.