Two new innovation centers will focus on development and diversification of Kansas and the world’s food and agricultural economy
The Kansas Soybean Commission has pledged $4 million to support the Kansas State University College of Agriculture’s innovation centers for grain, food, animal and agronomy research. This investment will fund new facilities, renovations of current buildings and improvements in the technology and equipment necessary for interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research and continue to enhance the college’s exceptional student experience.
“Investing in our state’s land-grant university fits right into the checkoff’s mission because we are investing in the future of agriculture,” said Ron Ohlde, Kansas Soybean Commission chairman. “Modernizing K-State College of Agriculture facilities opens so many opportunities to be competitive in the agricultural industry and increase collaboration among key industry leaders.”
“Building innovative new facilities for the K-State College of Agriculture helps to secure our place as a leading agricultural institution,” said Kaleb Little, Kansas Soybean CEO and administrator. “K-State agriculture students are the next generation of industry leaders, and the Kansas Soybean Commission supports investing in facilities to match their level of talent. We are proud to join with the other agriculture organizations across the state in supporting these important efforts.”
“I want to personally thank the Kansas Soybean Commission for their investment in the future of Kansas agriculture,” said Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. “The impact of our innovation centers will resonate across Kansas’s agricultural industry, as the opportunities and challenges we face are increasingly complex.
“Our vision for these facilities is to bring the best minds to the table with different skills and knowledge to collaborate, integrate and develop new solutions and products – and prepare the next-generation workforce needed to move agriculture forward,” added Minton.
K-State is already a leader in global agriculture, and with this investment from KSC, the university and its industry partners will be able to have a greater impact.
“Global agriculture is facing many challenges – changing environment, growing population, costly inputs – and K-State faculty and students working with industry partners are working to find solutions,” said Dr. Richard Linton, president of Kansas State University. “This investment in new facilities and technology at K-State from the Kansas Soybean Commission demonstrates the importance of university-industry partnership to advance agriculture for a changing world.”
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