K-State’s economic development plan focuses on agriculture and biosafety innovation

TOPEKA – The economic development plan presented by Kansas State University emphasizing innovation in agriculture, biosecurity and extension services is expected to create 3,000 jobs and encourage investments of $ 3 billion dollars in the state over the next decade, officials said.

The strategic initiative, called Economic prosperity plan, was released to the public on Friday. It would leverage KSU’s strengths in food and agricultural systems; digital agriculture and advanced analytics; biosecurity and biodefense; and extension and awareness.

“This new initiative will allow K-State to truly demonstrate the value universities bring to local, state and national economies through growth and job creation, as well as retaining and attracting talent in the State, ”said David Rosowsky, vice president of research at Manhattan University. “Our plan is bold, it is bold, but it is achievable. “

The plan reflects a directive from the Kansas Board of Regents to commit public universities to support the state’s economic growth. The initiative has the potential to significantly expand the Kansas economy, but would require building more in-depth public and private partnerships, said Kansas State President Richard Myers.

It would build on the academic strengths of the university in research on crops, livestock and natural resources. The plan is to attract outside investment and help Kansas become a world leader in digital agriculture and advanced analytics. The work would be designed to add value along the food chain.

K-State’s plan focused on using universities’ biosafety and biodefense strengths to attract new business and investment to the state.

Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, said the strategy would deliver profitable and sustainable food and farming systems, emphasize new technologies and promote national security.

One element of the plan known as “K-State 105: Every Town to Gown” uses the presence of statewide extensions to better support Kansas businesses and communities. Additionally, the College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to keeping more Kansas graduates.

“Kansas vets contribute about half a billion dollars to the state’s economic development, so the more vets we can keep in the state, the stronger the economic prosperity of producers,” said Bonnie Rush, Dean. from the veterinary college.

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