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Spring 2010 Issue of K-State Ag Report Available Online


The College of Agriculture staff at Kansas State University are hoping Kansans will "flip" over the newly released K-State Ag Report. Formerly available as a print publication, the new online format at www.ksre.ksu.edu/agreport will allow for greater distribution and substantial savings.

"There are two reasons that the spring 2010 issue is an online magazine--technology enabling us to reach you in new ways and budget," said Gary Pierzynski, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and interim director of K-State Research and Extension, in a letter to college alumni.

Stories featured in the Spring 2010 issue include:

--Flour Power: When the owners of a local grocery chain wanted to improve their bakery products, they turned to K-State's Department of Grain Science and Industry.

--25 years of Service to Cooperatives: For 25 years, K-State's Arthur Capper Cooperative Center has been educating students, conducting research and sharing knowledge with leaders of agricultural, electrical and financial cooperatives.

--A Strong K-State Tradition: Fifth-generation farmers Kevin and Vera Schultz have strong ties to their community, their family and to K-State.

--Keeping in Touch with Family: Newsletters written by C.W. Mullen, assistant dean, and his secretary, Gertrude Wheeler, were sent to students, alumni and faculty serving in the military during World War II.

--Multiple Paths: A degree in agronomy prepares students for various occupations.

--Students Experience and Excel at Product Development: K-State student teams are learning to research, develop and package new food products.

--Student, faculty and alumni awards: Danny Unruh elected new student body president, Art Barnaby and Kim Williams earned national honors, and Terry Garvert was named Alumni Fellow.

Producing the issue electronically offers some new options. Readers can use the "Contact Us" tab to submit comments, class notes and change of address. The magazine website also includes archived issues and current news releases and updates.

"As you all know, budgets have been cut for higher education," Pierzynski said. "The College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension are no exception. For years, we worked to do more with less. Now, due to the larger and deeper cuts, we have to face the reality of doing less with less and changing how we are doing things. So our strategy to move to using electronic publications helped us do that--reduce some costs and find new ways to reach our people.

"Throughout our organization, we are seeking and using innovative solutions to continue to serve the people of Kansas. We will continue to be good stewards of your funds as we continue to work to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life and standard of living for the people of Kansas," he said.

The report is available at www.ksre.ksu.edu/agreport. For those with a high-speed connection, click on the "Read it online now" button to bring up a "FlipBook" version, where you can turn the pages as if you were actually holding the magazine.

Those with a dial-up connection can download the pdf version. It may take some time to download because of the length and number of photos.

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