Budget cuts lead to closing of Kansas State research center

Cutting $3.5 from budget

June 16, 2018 - 8:08 am

Kansas State University says it will close its 120-acre horticultural research center in Haysville.

A news release from the university on Thursday said the school also will close its 80-acre stand of pecan trees in Chetopa.

The university is cutting $3.5 million from the College of Agriculture and its research and extension budget this year because of lower state funding for education and declining enrollment.

The John C. Pair Horticulture Center has five full-time employees and several student summer workers. Some of the full-time staff will be given the chance to relocate.

Opened in 1970, the center specialized in research of woody ornamental production and their uses, as well as research on several other plants, crops and flowers.

No specific date for the closing has been decided.

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