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Western University #1
- Hemp In Kansas: A Legacy Crop Returns
 Thursday, January 17th - 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
  • Kelly Rippel 
  • Kelly Rippel, vice president and co-founder of Kansans for Hemp, serves on a short-term Kansas Department of Agriculture Advisory Board for the Industrial Hemp Research Program.  Kansans for Hemp is "committed to the equity, growth, support, and evidence-based/sustainable best practices of the industrial hemp industry in Kansas."  Kansas Senate Bill 263 enacts the Alternative Crop Research Act allowing the Kansas Department of Agriculture to oversee the cultivation of industrial hemp in a research program. The opportunity to grow a new specialty oilseed crop in Kansas offers potential for diversification for Kansas farmers looking for an alternative crop, or for new farming enterprises interested in cultivating industrial hemp. 

Western University #2
- The Horticulture Assembly Line: Still More Chocolates Than We Can Eat, or Not?
Friday, January 18th - 10:00-11:00a.m.
  • Dr. Todd Lasseigne 
  • Dr. Lasseigne, Tulsa Botanic Garden President and CEO  is a highly respected and well-known plantsman, educator and lecturer, horticultural scientist, garden writer and plant photographer, and leader in the field of public horticulture.  He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan in search of new landscape plants and has participated on plant expeditions in China and the nation of Georgia. He has also visited numerous public and private gardens, nurseries, and plant collections throughout the U.S., U.K., Japan, Mexico and elsewhere. In total, Dr. Lasseigne has visited more than 350 gardens.

Western University #3
- Keeping Research and Extension Centers Relevant
 Friday, January 18th - 2:30-3:30p.m.
  • Jason Griffin
  • Jason Griffin serves as the Director of the John C. Pair Horticultural Center in Wichita, Kansas. The Pair Center is an applied research facility, which works with essentially all horticultural crops such as, trees, shrubs, fruits, vegetables and turfgrass.  Griffin’s research is primarily focused around woody plants. At the Pair Center, he works on a variety of research projects including nursery production, landscape utilization and cultivar evaluations.   Jason will give an update on the Pair Center and discuss why a local/regional research and extension center is relevant in the age of Google.
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