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Food Safety: Grilling No Different Than Kitchen Cooking

As spring brings warmer temperatures, the smells of barbecue more frequently fill the air. Although the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day top the list of the most popular grilling holidays, there has been an increase in grilling meals year-round, including for Easter and Thanksgiving, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM


According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, 86-percent of households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker and 62-percent of grill owners use them year-round. A gas grill is the most popular, followed by charcoal and electric. The Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day top the list of the most popular grilling holidays, but there has been an increase in grilling Thanksgiving meals outdoors. On today’s Sound Living: Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee discusses grilling safety and food safety concerns associated with outdoor cooking.

4/10/2014 7:00:00 PM

Global Center for Grain Based Foods

The K-State Radio Network's Eric Atkinson interviews Dirk Maier, head of K-State's department of grain science and industry, on the possibility of collaborating with the American Institute of Baking on a new building. See video
4/1/2014 8:00:00 AM

Childhood Obesity Research: Lessons from the Field

Turn on the TV or open the morning newspaper—news of the U.S. obesity rate and the health problems associated with being obese or overweight are everywhere. A recent study reported in the media said that the obesity rate for young children, ages 2 to 5, has dropped 43 percent in the last decade. Still, other reports have said the rate has declined but not that much, has stayed the same or might even be up in different age groups.

3/31/2014 8:00:00 AM


For the experts looking ahead to feeding an ever-growing world population, there is concern about problems that could lead to a global shortfall of food between now and 2050. According to one expert their fears are based in part on the projected growth in global population, the impact of improved wealth, and the impact of urbanization on the available land and labor to produce crops.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

Rick McNary Feeding a Hungry World

Rick McNary, Numana Inc., spoke at the Women Managing the Farm Conference on how more women manage their own farm and getting more younger people involved in farming. See video

3/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

Grants Awarded for Kansas Community Gardens

Kansans in 26 communities – urban to rural – will have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to nearly $123,000 in community garden grants awarded by a partnership between the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.
3/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State To Host Engagement Symposium

The breadth of knowledge and expertise within the walls and buildings of a university might be difficult to fathom, unless you have attended that particular university or have personally witnessed or benefited from an area of research or service that institution provides.
3/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

David Everitt, John Deere President, on Feeding a Hungry World

The retired president of the agriculture division of John Deere, David Everitt, offers insight on agribusiness and technology's role in feeding the expanding world population...a subject he addressed as a guest speaker at K-State's College of Engineering this week. See video
3/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


With spring still weeks away, it’s a good time to take inventory of all the things crammed into the pantry, kitchen cabinets, refrigerator and freezer. What you’ll most likely discover is that the things creating the clutter don’t get used anymore, you have too many similar items, and that some food is well beyond its expiration date. Karen Blakeslee, a K-State Research and Extension food scientist and coordinator of the Rapid Response Center, says organizing a kitchen will save time and money.

3/6/2014 6:00:00 PM

Conversation with National FFA President Brian Walsh

The national president of the FFA, Brian Walsh, along with Kansas FFA state sentinel Elizabeth Allen and National FFA Organization staff member Nina Crutchfield, talk about the growth of the FFA and it's escalating role in agriculture advocacy...they were at K-State last week as part of the National FFA Week activities. See video

2/26/2014 8:00:00 AM

Farmers Market Vendor Workshop Planned March 29 in SE Kansas

There may be no better, more positive way to bring a community together than at the local farmers market. Think about it – it signifies the beginning of spring, new growth and people coming together in a casual, congenial manner to buy foods and flowers directly from local growers.
2/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

National FFA President Promotes Ag Literacy in Kansas

A tradition that began in 1947, National FFA Week is always celebrated on the week that includes the first U.S. president’s birthday. Why? George Washington wasn’t only a good leader and politician. He was an innovative agriculturalist and farmer.
2/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

Advancing Our Global Food System

Today, one in eight people worldwide are hungry, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At the same time, the World Health Organization reports that worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.

2/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


SNAP… Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…formerly known as Food Stamps, provides food-purchasing assistance for low and no-income people in the U.S. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SNAP is the largest nutrition assistance program and is estimated to have served more than 47 million low-income Americans in Fiscal Year 2013. Continued funding for the program was included in the Farm Bill. On today’s Sound Living: K-State Research and Extension’s role in providing nutrition education to families with limited resources through the Family Nutrition Program – Kansas’ version of SNAP-Education.

2/12/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State provost and nutrition researcher April Mason (2).. Play Audio

K-State provost and nutrition researcher April Mason has more on the challenge of advancing the world food system to meet the ever-expanding population, focusing on several issues that K-State and other institutions are targeting with their efforts.

2/5/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State provost and nutrition researcher April Mason (1).. Play Audio

K-State provost and nutrition researcher April Mason discusses the challenge of advancing the world food system to meet the ever-expanding population, focusing on several issues that K-State and other institutions are targeting with their efforts....those include finding ways of curbing food waste and improving food distribution, and recognizing where genetically-modified foods fit into the picture.


2/5/2014 6:00:00 PM


A report by the European Food Safety Authority re-evaluated aspartame as a food additive and concluded that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for the general population to consume at the level previously established. K-State Research and Extension human nutrition specialist Mary Meck Higgins looks at the study and the importance of its findings.

1/23/2014 6:00:00 PM

K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs

Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM

What’s With the New Food Labels?

MANHATTAN, Kan. – New food labels on familiar products in the meat and produce departments at grocery stores may be helpful to consumers evaluating their food choices, a Kansas State University specialist said.
1/15/2009 8:00:00 AM

Is it Done Yet?  Food Pro Gives Baking Tips

MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the dilemmas that first time and even veteran bakers encounter is in determining when a baked product is done.

11/24/2008 8:00:00 AM