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Kansas State horticulture center might not close

January 18, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University’s horticulture center near Wichita might not be closing after all.

The university in June said it planned to close the John C. Pair Horticulture Center in Haysville, as part of a $3.5 million budget reduction for the College of Agriculture and Research and Extension.

The center’s director, Jason Griffin, and a task force were asked to develop a plan to find $230,000 in new revenue sources each year for a center with annual revenue of about $30,000.

The Wichita Eagle reports those plans include research on industrial hemp. The center said in a news release that university leaders foresee the center becoming the primary research location for hemp crops in Kansas, which could bring in grants. Operating revenue could be generated from certified plants and seeds.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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