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KSU and Alltech working to feed growing population expected at 9 billion by 2050


Kentucky State University and Alltech have formalized a joint research alliance to develop sustainable farming techniques and modern farming models for a global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Population growth requires agribusiness-technological research innovation to keep pace with the need for food and preservation of natural resources.
 
Alltech will invest $75,000 per year toward research at KSU and will also provide support for KSU graduate students’ research and for demonstrations in agriculture, food sciences, sustainable systems and related fields. These investments will help develop an active graduate student training program and undergraduate internship program in sustainable farming as well as a merit-based program aimed at supporting future agricultural science development.
 

Alltech and Kentucky State University representatives signed the Sustainable Farming Alliance agreement at a ceremony in Frankfort. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Teferi Tsegaye, dean of KSU's College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems; KSU President Dr. Mary Evans Sias; Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons; and Dr. Karl Dawson, chief scientific officer for Alltech. (Photo from Alltech)

Alltech and Kentucky State University representatives signed the Sustainable Farming Alliance agreement at a ceremony in Frankfort. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Teferi Tsegaye, dean of KSU’s College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems; KSU President Dr. Mary Evans Sias; Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons; and Dr. Karl Dawson, chief scientific officer for Alltech. (Photo from Alltech)

 
“This farming-focused alliance will position Central Kentucky at the forefront of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture, arguably two of our world’s most significant challenges. The work being done on KSU’s campus will not only have global implications, but will contribute to the development of a knowledge-based economy and job creation locally. It will also demonstrate how we can use technology to support small farm agriculture in Kentucky,” said Dr. Karl Dawson, chief scientific officer at Alltech.
 
“We’re excited about the collaboration between Alltech and Kentucky State University,” said KSU president Dr. Mary Evans Sias. “KSU’s world-class aquaculture program combines innovative research and outreach to assist farms and families. Alltech is a major global corporation that focuses its resources on the sustainability of the planet. We can only expect great things to come from this perfect match.”
 
The Alltech-KSU Sustainable Farming Alliance will operate from the KSU campus and has been established for an initial period of three years, at which time extension may be considered. It will be managed by a committee of three Alltech scientists and four KSU faculty members, and chaired by Dr. Teferi Tsegaye, dean of KSU’s College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems and associate vice president for land grant. Projects and activities will be selected based on their scientific merit, socioeconomic value and the potential for commercialization of the results. Initial plans include the establishment of an annual conference to promote sustainable farming and agriculture.
 
From Alltech/KSU


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