U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., recently went to Fort Hays State University (FHSU), based in Hays, Kan., specifically to discuss the school’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program.
Three months ago, FHSU was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop curricula focused on the use of UAS in precision agriculture. As chairman of the Senate’s agriculture appropriations committee, Moran secured funding for the USDA program, which is furnishing the grant.
“Kansas is poised to see a tremendous economic impact resulting from the growth of the UAS industry – specifically, its role in precision agriculture,” Moran says. “This promising program will give Kansas students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in operating UAS and incorporating the technology into agriculture. FHSU is leading the way, making certain graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skill set to help keep our farmers and ranchers on the forefront of technological advancements.”
The UAS program is in the first year of a three-year grant partnership. During his visit, the senator met with Dr. Graham Glynn, university provost; Don Benjamin, chair of the agriculture department; Dr. Craig Smith, assistant professor; Dr. Bill Stark, professor; Dr. Greg Farley, professor and chair of biological sciences; Robert Keener, assistant professor; and Tammy McClellan, FHSU Foundation’s director of development.