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Grant supports environment, wildlife

Improving Kansas' water quality, supporting wildlife habitat, and enhancing the environment are the goals for a recent $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Kansas Forest Service. The program is part of $370 million in federal funding for the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

In Kansas, the project is intended to expand protection for remaining riparian forests in high-priority watersheds. It will help sustain reservoir storage and wildlife habitat, improve the drinking water supply, and increase recreation opportunities.

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Recent food recalls focus on listeria

Listeria, a foodborne pathogen, was involved in 16 recalls in recent months. A Kansas State University food safety specialist explains why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria.

"Listeria ... is found in cold, wet environments," said Fadi Aramouni, extension specialist and professor of food science. "What's unusual about this type of bacterium is they actually grow and multiply under refrigerated conditions. Because it survives in cold, wet environments, it can be found in drains or other areas of condensation within a plant, such as the ceiling or light fixtures."

Listeria is typically found in ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs, refrigerated meat spreads, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, refrigerated smoked seafood, and raw sprouts.

Aramouni says the listeria in ice cream also could come from ingredients added after pasteurization.

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Student interns spread across the state

Twelve students will work as interns this summer in K-State Research and Extension offices across the state. The interns will assist professionals in planning and implementing educational programming for Kansas residents.

The interns and offices in which they will work are:

  •     Audree Aguilera, Barton County;
  •     Shelby Bargmann, Central Kansas District;
  •     Jordyn Barten, Riley County;
  •     Anna Dillon, Marais des Cygnes District;
  •     Sonia Gonzalez, Ford County;
  •     Rachel Lanter, Atchison County;
  •     Sahyra Lujan, Barton County;
  •     Cheyenne Marrs, Wildcat District;
  •     Colleen O'Connor, McPherson County;
  •     Cambry Schrag, Scott County;
  •     Molly Wessling, Department of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University; and
  •     Brianna Zweimiller, Rawlins County.

For more information, contact Stacey Warner, K-State Research and Extension Operations, 785-532-5790, or swarner@ksu.edu.

New Publications in the KSRE Bookstore

Tips to Shop Safely at Farmers Markets, MF3206
 Prairie Bloom Perennial Flowers, MF2772
 2014 National Winter Canola Variety Trial, SRP1116
Tips to Shop Safely
at Farmers Markets