Hays-Fort Hays State University Farm

(785) 628-4000
West Hwy 183 Alt, Hays, KS 67601
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Great knowledge comes from study and real-life experience. The Farm at Fort Hays State University provides just that. Students in the Department of Agriculture at FHSU are provided the chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real life setting. Besides complementing the academic ingredient of the Department, the University Farm is operated as a commercial farm venture, which provides the most realistic laboratory for the students. The operation consists of 3800+ acres with facilities for crop and livestock production. Among the dry-land crops cultivated on the farm are wheat, grain sorghum, alfalfa, soybeans, and corn. Livestock at this facility include beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and sheep. Not only are students exposed to the care involved in raising such crops and livestock, but they are also familiarized with the management practices and financial aspects of the business of farming.

The faculty, staff, and students at the University Farm extend an invitation to visitors who might want to learn more about this operation. Guests to the Farm most generally will get a chance to see the dairy facility. This facility is home to some 70 Holstein and Jersey cows that are milked twice a day. A computerized tracking system is in place to monitor the quantity of milk produced by each cow. This, and other, information is automatically fed into the computer database. Calculations are then performed and the appropriate quantity of feed is delivered to each individual animal when it enters a computerized feed stall. At certain times in the year, it is even possible for visitors to get to pet newborn dairy calves. Visitors may have the opportunity to see any of the other 4 major units of the farm—beef, swine, sheep, and crop production—but they do ask that guests make arrangements ahead of time. Call to set up a free tour.

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Meeting Rooms
  • Description Meeting space for up to 500 available at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union. Food catered by Chartwell's. Choice of 11 meeting rooms of various sizes.
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  • Number of Rooms 11
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State Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 560
  • Banquet Capacity: 10
Prairie Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 486
  • Height: 11
  • Banquet Capacity: 12
Pioneer Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 588
  • Height: 10
  • Theater Capacity: 55
  • Classroom Capacity: 24
  • Banquet Capacity: 48
Trails Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 990
  • Height: 11
  • Theater Capacity: 60
  • Classroom Capacity: 36
  • Banquet Capacity: 48
Stouffer Lounge
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1100
  • Height: 10
  • Theater Capacity: 75
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
  • Banquet Capacity: 72
Black and Gold Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2080
  • Height: 12
  • Booth Capacity: 25
  • Theater Capacity: 220
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
Cavalry Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 380
  • Banquet Capacity: 10
Sunflower Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 560
  • Banquet Capacity: 36
Smoky Hill Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 596
  • Height: 9
  • Banquet Capacity: 14
Meadowlark Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 272
  • Height: 9
  • Theater Capacity: 16
Fort Hays Ballroom
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7490
  • Height: 14
  • Booth Capacity: 45
  • Theater Capacity: 497
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 424
  • Reception Capacity: 497
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