Jamie) Welcome back! Let’s catch up with Kyle and evan as they discuss the variety of research projects and grants that impact ASI.
(Kyle) I have the opportunity to visit with Evan Titgemeyer. He is a professor at Kansas State University in the Animal Sciences Department, is the Coordinator of Research in the Animal Sciences Department. Evan tell me what that means. (Evan) Well, we have a large amount of our activities in the department relates to research, in addition to the extension and teaching activities that we also have. And so associated with that I make sure the people are aware of grant opportunities that are there, look a little bit about trying to figure out how we can maybe find more research dollars to help support our programs. And I also work a lot with the graduate students as I serve as Graduate Program Director as well. (Kyle) So the monies that flow to the university for research is an important part of funding the research and I’m sorry, funding the university. (Evan) Oh yes, exactly. I can’t give you the exact percentages, but probably half of the operating budget of the university would be related to research funding that comes into the university. Now in our department we’re probably a little bit less there because we’re so invested in the teaching program. (Kyle) And of course you think about universities educating young people, how does research come together with teaching young people? (Evan) Well, we have a lot of interfaces between research and teaching. One, as we have faculty that are doing research, they’re going to be a lot more up with the most current events and what’s going on in animal agriculture, and so that’s going to help them to teach the students if they actually know about those things. We also have a lot of training that takes place with our graduate students. All of the research, or at least most of the research, in our department is actually conducted by individual graduate students. And so those students are supported by stipends that are paid for through those research grants. (Kyle) So it appears to me that as State funding and some Federal funding has reduced there’s more of an emphasis with universities to do research. (Evan) Well, that’s right. And some of our research funding would come from the Federal government. Some of it would come from the State. But in our particular case, a lot of our research is very applied, meaning it has direct application to making cattle grow more efficiently, or producing more milk, or you know more piglets raised for each litter by the pigs. And so a lot of that type of research is going to be funded by the livestock industry and the associated portions of that. (Kyle) Evan can you give me some idea how many people are in research in the Animal Sciences Department at Kansas State? (Evan) Well, we have about 45 or 50 faculty members in our department. And to some extent all of them would have some involvement with research. For some it may be a very small part of their job and for others a much greater part. But really all of those 45 or so faculty would be involved in supporting the research program. (Kyle) We’re visiting with Evan Titgemeyer. He is a professor at Kansas State University in the Animal Sciences Department.
(Jamie) Stay with us as Kyle next visits with Dr. Joel DeRouchey, an Extension Swine Specialist at K-State.