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Sources: Garrett Stewart, gstewart@vet.k-state.edu;
and Chelsea Good, cgood@k-state.edu

Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

THE ROLE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IN MAXIMIZING THE WORLD'S LAND RESOURCES FOR FOOD PRODUCTION TOPIC OF LECTURE AT K-STATE

MANHATTAN -- The role of animal agriculture in maximizing the world's land resources for food production will be the topic of a public lecture by Dr. Dan Upson, veterinarian and professor emeritus of anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University.

Upson will present "Efficient Use of Earth's Resources: Providing Food for the World's People" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Mosier Hall's Frick Auditorium.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by K-State's Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, Beef Cattle Institute and Food For Thought.

Upson, who served on the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine faculty for 35 years before retiring in 2004, will discuss food production and what needs to be done to meet the world's growing food needs.

Named the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association's veterinarian of the year in 1982, Upson was the first veterinarian to serve on the Kansas Pharmacy Board, which oversees regulation of human and animal prescription drugs. As a member of the board, he helped rewrite regulations to standardize procedures for proper drug use in food animals. Along with clinical and food animal pharmacology, his professional veterinary specializations include safety and wholesomeness of food animal origin and world resources and food for man.

Free pizza will be available and door prizes will be given away at the lecture.