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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

College of Agriculture/K-State Research and Extension

Office of International Agricultural Programs Timeline

1956–2016


1952    Arthur D. Weber becomes Dean of Agriculture with the School of Agriculture.

1956    Kansas State Agricultural College’s (KSAC) School of Agriculture creates its Office of International Agricultural Programs.

1956    William F. Pickett, professor of horticulture, was the first director of International Agricultural Programs.

1956    George A. Filinger, professor of horticulture, was assigned to India under contract with International Cooperation 1956–1958. He made a second tour there in 1964. Students from India have been coming to Kansas State University to study since that time.

1956    KSAC School of Agriculture signs an agreement to start development of Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in India, funded by the US International Cooperation Administration.  The university was involved with six other U.S. land-grant universities in establishing nine agricultural universities in India.

1959    Official named changed from Kansas State Agricultural College to Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science (KSU)

1961    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) created by President Kennedy

1962    Glenn H. Beck becomes Dean of Agriculture

1962    Vernon Larson, professor of dairy science, becomes Campus Coordinator of International Agricultural Programs

1964    KSU’s School of Agriculture is renamed the College of Agriculture (COA)

1966    Extension faculty sent to Vietnam to introduce new IR-8 improved rice variety (USAID)

1966    COA signs an agreement to create Agriculture and Vet Med Colleges at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, funded by USAID. Vernon Larson goes to Nigeria.

1966    Robert A. Bohannon is named Director of International Agricultural Programs

1966    Food and Feed Grain Institute is established in the Department of Grain Science and Industry, funded by USAID.  FFGI conducts research, consulting and short courses on grain storage issues worldwide until the late ’90s.  Faculty in Grain Science, Entomology, Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Economics participated in FFGI projects.

1968    Robert A. Bohannon is named Director of the Cooperative Extension Service

1968    Vernon Larson is named Director of International Agricultural Programs

1970    Larson serves as chief of party for the KSU/USAID project in India and also functions as adviser to the vice chancellor of Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in Hyderabad, India, for three years. K-State’s involvement with the project ended in December 1972.

1976    David Norman applied for and obtained a major USAID grant to promote the farming systems research approach both internationally and domestically.  Initiatives included training programs, developing a library on farming systems research literature at Hale Library, and holding annual symposia/conferences. Bert Biles was very important in helping develop the proposal. These initiatives eventually resulted in the formation of the International Association of Farming Systems Research and Extension (IAFSRE).

1977    COA signs a five-year Integrated Agricultural Production and Marketing agreement with the Philippines to provide technical assistance to two Philippine universities and some Philippine federal agencies.

1977    Jim Jorns becomes Assistant Director of International Agricultural Programs.

1978    International Grains Program (IGP) created by the Kansas Legislature in the Department of Grain Science and Industry. IGP provides technical expertise and training through short courses in the U.S. and sometimes outside the U.S. plus through consulting with grain purchasing, handling, and processing entities worldwide.  

1979    Vernon Larson elected President of the Association of U.S. University Directors of International Agricultural Programs (USUDIAP).

1979    INSTORMIL (International Sorghum and Millet Collaborative Research Support Program funded by USAID) started at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; K-State is a partner.

1980    First International Grains Program short course (on grain marketing) was held

1982    COA signs a five-year agreement for an agricultural technology improvement project (Farming Systems) with Botswana, led by David Norman of Agricultural Economics

1985    COA signs agreement to partner with ZAMORANO, a private American agricultural college in Honduras

1985    International Meat and Livestock Program (IMLP) created by the Kansas Legislature, private livestock and commodity groups in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.  IMLP provides tailored short courses and consulting, when requested, on meat science and grading systems, sanitary slaughter methods, HACCP, etc.

1986    Vernon Larson becomes the part-time Assistant Provost for the new University Office of International Programs

1986    Representatives of China’s Henan Agricultural University visit K-State, as a result of Kansas’ sister-state relationship with Henan Province.

1986    K-State hosts Deans from four Indian Universities, eager to reestablish ties with universities in the U.S., after a several year gap in contact.

1988    First IMLP Meat Science Short Course for international professional personnel held

1989    The Department of Agricultural Economics and the College of Agriculture sign an agreement with Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture de Purpan, Toulouse, France

1991    Vernon Larson retires after 29 years of service to Kansas State University

1991    Jim Jorns becomes Acting Director of International Agricultural Programs

1994    Jim Jorns becomes Leader of Extension Education

1995    Steven Graham becomes Assistant to the Dean and Director and does international agricultural programming as part of his job

1997    Robert Hudgens becomes Director of International Agricultural Programs

1997    At least half of pearl millet hybrids marketed by India’s private growers were produced using female parents from the Agricultural Research Center–Hays breeding program led by Bill Stegmeier.

1998    Ted Cable, professor of horticulture who specializes in natural and cultural heritage interpretation, ecotourism and park and natural resource management, leads K-State’s first study tour to Arica.

1998–2000 Frank Morrison, horticulture extension state leader, served as president of Kansas Paraguay Partners. He led the initiative of training both Kansans and Paraguayans in using plants and gardening to provide therapeutic results. He worked with adults and youth dealing with physical and emotional problem.

2002    Daryl Buchholz, then Assistant Director of Extension for Agriculture and Natural Resources, led a group of extension agents and specialists on a horticulture tour to central Mexico.

2003    4-H/Air Force Military Partnerships Project started. K-State is the coordination entity for these projects on military installations worldwide.

2003    Military 4-H Club Grant program launched with grants to states for establishing 4-H Clubs on military installations.

2004    International Grains Program (IGP) Conference Center opens in Grain Science Complex

2004    Approximately 25 students studied abroad

2004    Robert Hudgens leaves IAP and goes to Jordan to head a USAID Water Project.

2004    Steven Graham, Assistant to the Dean and Director, once again does international agricultural programming as part of his job

2005    The Kansas Center for Agriculture and the Environment (KCARE) starts a relationship with Austin, Texas-based NGO, Comfort the Children in the village  of Maai-Mahiu, Kenya. This led to many extension faculty going to the village over the next few years to do nutritional assessments, teach proper nutrition, build simple drip irrigation systems for the school and village, show how to plant food plants in the new gardens served by the drip irrigation systems, provide 4-H style activities, donate sewing machines and teach sewing, etc.

2005   Don Boggs becomes Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture.  Don is responsible for student study abroad growth and leadership.

2005    Dean and Director Fred Cholick guarantees scholarship support to any agriculture student who studies abroad.

2006    Signed an agreement with the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil

2007    Signed an agreement with Henan University of Technology, China

2007    Phillip Stahlman was awarded a visiting fellowship in weed science from the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries to work with local agronomists on weed management in oil-seed sunflower. He was featured in 2009 on the front cover of Australian Grain magazine.

2008    Nina Lilja becomes Director of International Agricultural Programs and is responsible for research and extension related international programming.

2008    Steven Graham, Assistant to the Dean and Director, continues assisting with international agricultural programming as part of his job.

2008    4-H/Navy Youth Development Projects are entered into. K-State is the coordination entity for these projects on military installations worldwide.

2008    Signed an agreement with Seoul National University in Korea.

2009    KSRE conducts basic agricultural training for the Fort Riley Army 1st Infantry Division Headquarters before it deploys to southeast region of Iraq, near Basra.

2009    KSRE conducts training for Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Teams (ADT) #1 and #2 before they deploy to Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

2010    KSRE conducts training for Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) #3 before it deploys to Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

2010    Phillip Stahlman traveled to Malawi Africa twice on behalf of the Citizen’s Network for Foreign Affairs (U.S. AID) and Crop Life International to educate and train agro-dealers in Malawi on proper herbicide application and I worked with local agro-dealers in the establishment of 25 weed control demonstration plots throughout the country to show the benefit of herbicide use in maize and groundnuts. 

2011    KSRE conducts training for Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) #4 before it deploys to Laghman Province, Afghanistan.

2012    Study Abroad numbers grew to 88 during the 2011–12 academic year.

2012    Plant Pathology Department has had visitors or graduate students from at least 83 different countries dating back to 1930.

2012    KSRE conducts basic agricultural training for the Fort Riley Army 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and the 4th Brigade at Ft. Riley before they deploy to RC East in Afghanistan.

2012    USAID/USDA Monitoring, Evaluation and Technical Support Services (METSS) in Ghana project (K-State’s involvement started in 2012; the project started in 2010)

2013/14    KSRE conducts basic agricultural training for the Fort Riley Army 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and several Ft. Riley Brigades (2nd, 4th, etc.) before small groups of officers deploy to various regions in Africa, through the new Regionally Aligned Force concept.

2013    USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research in Sorghum and Millet was established

2013    USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss was established

2013    Phillip Stahlman was a member of a multi-university delegation that visited Ethiopia to assess the progress and capital needs of five universities in Ethiopia. 

2013    USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Applied Wheat Genomics was established

2014    USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification was established

2015    Nina Lilja becomes Associate Dean for International Agricultural Programs

2015    The International Grains Program (IGP) conducted 27 on-site/on-location courses for 610 participants and 34 distance courses for 884 participants. Total course participants were 1,494 from 51 countries. 

2016    Study abroad numbers grew to 138 during the 2015–16 academic year.

2016    Nina Lilja becomes the Chair of the International Agriculture Section of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Board on Agriculture Assembly.

2016    College of Agriculture celebrates 60 Years of International Agriculture at K-State.

This is only a partial listing of international agricultural activities undertaken by the College of Agriculture since 1956.  Compiled by: Steven M. Graham, Assistant to the Dean and Director