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February 2016 News  

Weather's effect on controlling the alfalfa weevil
The alfalfa weevil can wreak havoc on an alfalfa field, so it’s important for growers to know all current methods of controlling and preventing them.

Kansas State University veterinarian: Understand issues surrounding antibiotic resistance
A breakdown of livestock and human interactions, and focus on producer stewardship

Registration open for Kansas State University and K·Coe Isom Beef Sustainability Knowledge Summit
The event will take place May 10.

Partnerships help improve water quality in Kansas
The focus is cost-effective streambank stabilization.

Feed the Future lab at Kansas State University awards $6M for work in six countries
The money is directed through the university's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

Study: Freezing steak improves tenderness of some cuts
Strip loin and inside round steaks are actually more tender if they've been stored in the freezer.

Study: Food availability a problem in smaller urban cities despite dense population
Average neighborhood income may play a role in creating food deserts in cities of all sizes

Noted scientist selected to lead international project on postharvest food losses
Jagger Harvey has been named the new director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Postharvest losses

Safeguarding U.S. wheat: Kansas State University researchers staying ahead of wheat blast disease
Good science and a little bit of luck has helped scientists keep wheat blast from infecting U.S. fields

Genetics help fish thrive in toxic environments, collaborative study finds
The Atlantic molly lives in toxic water full of hydrogen sulfide from natural oil deposits and volcanic activity environments.

Study: Medium chain fatty acids protect pigs from deadly disease
Kansas State University researchers have proven that when swine feed contains medium chain fatty acids, those pigs will be able to fend off the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.

Producers focus on herd sire selection
As bull buying season approaches, here are some strategies to choose an appropriate herd sire.

$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the 'Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices' initiative.

Planning this year's garden: Time to start seeding cool-season crops indoors
Most cool-season crops should be started from seed in early February.

Central Plains irrigation conference planned for Feb. 23-24
The conference will include technical irrigation sessions presented by academic researchers from the areas of agronomy and irrigation engineering, as well as representatives from irrigation companies and governmental agencies.

K-State plant pathologist to discuss plant health and agricultural pathogens
Jim Stack will give a public lecture at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the K-State Union's Little Theater.

Study: Millennials say one thing, but do another when choosing chocolate
Only 14 percent of  millennials selected chocolate with ethical or social factors labeling -- such as organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified, non-GMO and Fair Trade.

Producers focus on herd sire selection
Cattle producers need to evaluate their current herd performance attributes, and consider where they are performing adequately as well as areas of needed improvement.

Kansas State University research offers new hope for saving runt pigs
Scientists are looking at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, hoping to save the smallest in the litter.