Ground broken on new Kansas Department of Agriculture building in
ManhattanK-State Communications and Marketing
|University and state leaders
break ground June 14 on Kansas Department of Agriculture's new facility in
Manhattan, Kan. (Photo: David Mayes)|
groundbreaking ceremony June 14 marked the beginning of the Kansas Department of
Agriculture's close relationship with Kansas State University and the other
entities that make Manhattan a center for Kansas agriculture.
at the ceremony included Kirk Schulz, university president; Dale Rodman, state
secretary of agriculture; Jerry McReynolds, Kansas State Board of Agriculture
chair; and Fred Cholick, president and CEO of the Kansas State University
Foundation. The foundation is constructing the three-story, 50,000-square-foot
facility and leasing it to the Kansas Department of Agriculture for a 20-year
The new facility will be immediately adjacent to the Kansas State
University Institute of Commercialization and the now underway National Bio and
Agro-Defense Facility, enabling access to university expertise and research. The
facility also is near the College of Agriculture, Kansas State Research and
Extension, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the university's international
grain science complex and U.S. Department of Agriculture facilities.
University and department leaders envision the location boosting collaboration
on research, agricultural issues affecting the state, and joint outreach to the
Kansas agricultural community -- in turn, strengthening the state as a leader in
agriculture, research and bioscience.