KSU, Alltech form sustainable farming alliance

jpatton1@herald-leader.comAugust 29, 2013 

Nicholasville-based animal nutrition company Alltech has formed an alliance with Kentucky State University in Frankfort to focus on sustainable farming methods.

For the next three years, Alltech will invest $75,000 a year in a joint research project and provide support for KSU graduate students' research and for demonstration projects, the company and the school announced Thursday.

Initial plans include establishing an annual conference to promote sustainable farming and agriculture.

"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," Karl Dawson, chief scientific officer at Alltech, said in a news release. "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,"

The Alltech-KSU Sustainable Farming Alliance will operate from the KSU campus and will be chaired by Teferi Tsegaye, dean of KSU's College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems and associate vice president for land grant.

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