Kansas University has landed an environmental conference that formerly was held at Kansas State University.
The Salina-based Land Institute will share its research on sustainable agriculture at a conference at KU later this month. Several Land Institute researchers will speak about their studies of sustainable agriculture based on the model of the prairie ecosystem.
Deborah Snyder, a staff member in KU's environmental studies program, said The Land Institute conference is a boost for the program.
"For them to hold a conference here is a big deal, a highlight for those in environmental studies," Snyder said.
Snyder believes the conference will give KU's environmental studies program "the recognition it has been seeking for a while."
Jon Piper, a member of the research team at The Land Institute, said researchers will make about 10 presentations on their studies, which are focused on developing mixtures for new perennial seed crops.
Piper said their research combines ecology and agriculture. Sustainable agriculture draws on the natural patterns and processes of the land.
The conference, which is open to the public, will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Big Eight Room of the Kansas Union. Researchers will speak from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and after a break, the audience will be encouraged to discuss The Land Institute's findings. Snyder said she believed the conference would be interesting to area farmers.
Piper, an ecologist, said faculty and students from KU, KSU, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Missouri at Columbia and Northeast Missouri State University have been invited to the conference, which is sponsored by the environmental studies program with the cooperation of the Division of Biological Sciences.