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Grand Challenges

Knowledge for LifeGlobal Food SystemsWaterHealthTomorrow's LeadersCommunity Vitality

How does K-State Research and Extension make a difference in your life?

In 2014, we looked back at the first 100 years of extension and more than 125 years of agricultural research. The legacy of this work is felt today in the continuous improvements in the quality of life and standard of living enjoyed by Kansans. This system — combining extension and research — is unique in the state and connects the university to every county through locally based educators.

In 2015, we continued to focus on addressing the five grand challenges: global food systems, water, health, developing tomorrow's leaders, and community vitality. Please explore the pages for each of these areas to learn more about them and the impact we are having. five grand challenge graphic

K-State Research and Extension has ...

  • a statewide network to share unbiased information,

  • expertise on topics important to Kansas, and

  • established local, state, regional, national, and international partnerships.

Five Grand Challenges

Through a series of meetings with stakeholders, K-State Research and Extension identified five grand challenges facing Kansans. Our efforts focus on finding solutions for these challenges.