Alltech and Kentucky State University (KSU) in Frankfort, Ky., have formalized a joint research alliance to develop sustainable farming techniques and modern farming models.
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, according to an announcement. 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.
"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.
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 & 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.