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Kansas Digest: K-State Celebrate Ag Week, Hillmar plant update and expanding rural child care.

September 18, 2023

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KANSAS AGRICULTURE: Kansas State University has planned a second Celebrate Agriculture Week, Sept. 18-23, with activities for alumni, friends and future Wildcats.Jennifer M. Latzke

The Kansas State University College of Agriculture plans to mark its Celebrate Agriculture Week with a list of activities on campus for students, alumni and families, ending with the Celebrate Ag Day K-State Football game Sept. 23.

The week will include:

  • All-University Career Fair, Sept. 19-21. This multi-industry career fair will show students the opportunities for careers and internships in the agricultural industry. More than 100 companies will be represented.

  • Celebrate Ag Day Student Summit, Sept. 19. This all-day event is free for high school students and up to two guests. It will include campus tours and hands-on workshops, and feature career and education paths in sustainability, natural resources management, conservation, animal health, food production and more.

  • Celebrate Ag Day, Sept. 23. A pregame event will be held three hours before kickoff of the K-State vs. University of Central Florida football game at the Bramlage Coliseum concourse and on the west-side sidewalk near the Ernie Barrett statue. Tour booths with games and activities from the state’s farm and food organizations and industry partners. Complete five stops on your Celebrate Ag Day Passport, available at any booth, and you can earn an exclusive T-shirt.

  • College of Ag Alumni and Friends Tailgate, Sept. 23. Before the football game, head over to the tailgate and hear updates on the college and more. Space is limited, so register at CelebrateAgDay.com.

Cheese plant update

Hilmar Cheese Company Inc. posted an update on the construction progress of its Dodge City, Kan., facility Sept. 7, on its Facebook page facebook.com/hilmarcheesecompany.

According to the post, a large portion of the roof structure is complete, and the HVAC unit installation is in full swing. “Infrastructure development remains on track, with the construction of roads well underway,” the post continued. And drywall installation in the storage areas is in progress.

Hilmar broke ground on the cheese and whey protein processing plant on the south side of Dodge City, Sept. 30, 2022. At that time, it was estimated that the $600 million facility will create 250 new jobs for Ford County.

Expanding community child care facilities

The Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund announced Sept. 6 that Kansas has been awarded $40 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury for a new program, the Capital Projects Fund Accelerator. The program will provide local communities with funding to build or renovate multipurpose facilities that create new licensed child care slots and provide Kansans access to high-speed internet for digital work, health and education supports.  

In June 2023, the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund’s Child Care Capacity Accelerator awarded more than $43 million to 52 organizations and partnerships across Kansas. This new CPF Accelerator grant opportunity builds on that momentum by providing prospective grantees a new funding source for the construction, renovation, or rehabilitation of community facilities and other capital improvement for community-driven projects and programs. This funding is the latest effort to support the state’s rapidly growing work in early childhood and boost communities in scaling up their facilities to serve families and children. 

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