Department of Agriculture
Agriculture at Fort Hays State goes back to the time of Martin Allen, an area pioneer and homesteader who felt there should be an institution of higher learning that taught modern farming methods. He urged the state legislature to petition the federal government to grant the land of the recently closed military fort to the state of Kansas for education and agriculture research. Agriculture was part of FHSU’s Department of Biological Sciences until 1973, when it became a separate department. The Department of Agriculture prepares students for careers in modern agriculture. The development of practical management skills, coupled with the teaching of current scientific methods, provides students with a desirable balance of application and theory. Degrees are offered in Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Animal Science, Beef Cattle Management, Agricultural Education, and General Agriculture. The department also manages FHSU’s University Farm, a 3,800- acre operation that is self-sustaining and serves as a teaching laboratory.
The history of Fort Hays State University is one of substantial growth, extraordinary individuals and ambitious goals. The future of what is yet to come looks even more exciting.
In December of 2013, your Fort Hays State University Foundation announced the Power of One scholarship campaign, with a goal of raising $8 million by December 31, 2014. Be the Power of One and make a gift today by visiting https://secure.fhsu.edu/foundation and typing “The Power of One” as your area of designation.
“Money raised with the Power of One scholarship campaign will flow to our students, who are constantly trying to juggle the demands of education and how they pay for it. Every dollar contributed will make a difference—every single dollar! Leading Fort Hays State has been the most challenging and rewarding work of my 47-year career, and I hope you’ll join me in stepping up to the plate to support our Power of One scholarship campaign.” —Dr. Edward H. Hammond FHSU President, 1987 - 2014
Department of Agriculture Funding Needs The following priorities are listed in order of importance.
College Farm (enclosed classroom adjacent to arena) $300,000 An enclosed classroom is needed to facilitate curriculum for courses such as livestock selection and observation, beef production, and swine production.
Fort Hays State University Foundation The Fort Hays State University Foundation is an independent, non-profit corporation designated by the state of Kansas to receive gifts on behalf of the university.
Precision Farming Equipment Tractors, combines, and other equipment fitted for precision farming are needed, along with the accompanying software programs. Student Scholarships $30,000 Scholarship support can come in the form of gifts to the Agriculture Scholarship Fund or by establishing an annual or endowed fund. Consumable Resources (student faculty travel, prof. devel., etc.) $2,000 Lab materials, student support, and faculty necessities are examples of items that need to be renewed on an annual basis.
Please contact our office if you would like more information about the Department of Agriculture and their current funding needs. As a donor, you play a role in ensuring the strong future of FHSU. There are many ways in which you can make a gift to the university, all of which can express your particular interests and have distinct tax advantages. Your interest in this program and consideration for funding are greatly appreciated.
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PO Box 1060 Hays, KS 67601