KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Agriculture/K-State Research and Extension
Office of International Agricultural Programs Timeline
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