K-States Agriculture Program receives a boost

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – K-state’s agriculture program got a big boost this week with the award of a 50-million dollar federal grant.

“The vision of our lab is to become leaders…” leaders in feeding the world says P.V. Vera Prasad, a professor of a new lab at Kansas State University.

The Sustainable Intensification Lab has a goal to bring researchers from around the world together to help better grow food around the world.

“We really are world leaders on research on those four areas,” Nina Lilja, Associate Dean International Agriculture.

There are four different laboratories looking to increase food production from existing farmland, foods like Milo, a grain grown around the world.

Working with research from fields here in Kansas and around the world the program’s goal is to find better ways to grow food. “so we’ll be able to use some of the – the findings of these studies to benefit agriculture in Kansas,” says Gary Pierzynski, a professor at Kansas State University.

The 50-million will be used for research by ten universities in the u-s and around the world.

K-state’s college of agriculture and its research and extension have received nearly 100-million dollars in grants and awards.

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