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October 2010 Field Trip/Retreat and DHS Career Pathways Conference

From October 21-24, 2010, the Frontier Program held a field trip/retreat in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security's Career Pathways Conference in Washington, D.C.  Our visit included a tour of the Port of Baltimore, which was led by Customs and Border Protection officials.

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Tom Roesler - How to Avoid Chasing Rabbits: Staying Focused in a Crazy-Busy World

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, during a Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperience (FIX) program breakfast meeting, Tom Roesler, an instructor with K-State's School of Leadership Studies, gave a presentation to FIX students. His presentation, entitled "How to Avoid Chasing Rabbits: Staying Focused in a Crazy-Busy World."  This presentation was recorded and is now available in a 3 part video.

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22nd Frontier Field Trip - June 19-23, 2013

On June 19-23, 2013, the Frontier program held its 22nd field trip to the southern California area. The field trip featured a tour and seminar on food defense and supplychain complexity at a Cargill manufacturing facility, and experiential learning about international trade and seaport security at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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Dr. Jason Ackleson and Julianne Jensby Attend the 2009 International Studies Association Convention

In this audio podcast, Frontier Co-Director Dr. Jason Ackleson and Frontier research assistant Julianne Jensby discuss their experiences while attending the 2009 International Studies Association (ISA) Convention in New York City.

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Frontier Field Trip/Retreat and DHS UP Summit - March 29 to April 1, 2011

On March 29 to April 1, 2011, the Frontier Program held a field trip/retreat in Washington D.C., in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) University Programs Summit.

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Educational Opportunities at Frontier

A podcast of the unique multi-institutional educational opportunities offered by the Frontier program.

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September 2010 Frontier Retreat and NCFPD Biennial Meeting

In September 2010, the Frontier Program held a retreat in conjunction with the NCFPD Biennial meeting in Chaska, Minnesota. 

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New Book Commemorates 150 Years of Kansas Beef

Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Beef Cattle Institute, and Frontier Program are commemorating Kansas' upcoming 150th anniversary of statehood with the release of a coffee table-style book entitled "150 Years of Kansas Beef."

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The Frontier Program Announces A New Book

Food and Agriculture Security Book CoverThe Frontier Program announces the publication of a book authored by two Frontier faculty members (Drs. Justin Kastner and Jason Ackleson) and three FIX students (Kathryn Krusemark, Edward Nyambok, and Cobus Block): Food and Agriculture Security: An Historical, Multidisciplinary Approach (Justin Kastner, Ed). Publisher: ABC-CLIO (2010).

This work is an historical, multidisciplinary explanation of the complexities of the food system in the United States and around the world, spanning from the beginning of the modern era to today's globalized, interconnected market.

With our constant concern about threats to homeland security, ensuring the security of our nation's food supply is a top priority; nearly 20 percent of goods imported to the United States today are food and agricultural products. Do we truly have the ability to inspect all of the consumables that come to us, though?

Although a revolution in food supply and trade has been ongoing for decades, most North American consumers have been unaware of these changes; after all, to the end buyer, the food seems the same at the supermarket. Nevertheless, a large percentage of today's food and agricultural products are imported--a reality which has prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate Food and Agriculture as a "Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources Sector." Given the volume of trade, the nature of testing required, and the importance of ensuring the safety of these products, cross-border cooperation is essential.

This book examines our food system in its entirety, discusses threats to food and agriculture security in America and abroad, and covers trade policy issues and U.S.-specific regulations affecting the food supply chain security. Emerging models of cross-border cooperation in Food and Agriculture Security are also described.

To learn more about this book or to order your copy, please click here.

To read a review on this book, click here.

 
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