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Grand Challenges

From the Dean and Director

John FlorosWe continue to address five grand challenges that affect all Kansans: global food systems, water, health, developing tomorrow's leaders, and community vitality. The new ideas and knowledge developed through research and shared by extension will be used to solve these challenges.

By developing partnerships within Kansas, across the United States, and internationally, we are educating and working with the next generation of students, scientists, and extension educators.

Extension activities are conducted by dedicated faculty, staff, and volunteers in local offices across our great state and nation. The Cooperative Extension Service, which celebrated its centennial in 2014, uses an exemplary system to share new research and knowledge with the citizens of Kansas, the United States, and the world.

Because the climate and soil varies greatly across Kansas, we have a statewide network of centers and experiment fields to conduct research that meets the needs of urban and rural citizens. Our faculty also work in more than 20 academic departments in five K-State colleges. 

Our system trains several thousand volunteers in 4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Food Volunteers, lawn and crop consultants, and community leaders. We impact the lives of Kansas citizens — young and old and in many walks of life — each and every year.

As you read the articles and view the videos on this site, please reflect on our accomplishments and join us as we look toward building a successful tomorrow for Kansas. I am sure it will be a challenging but productive journey.

John D. Floros, Dean, College of Agriculture, and Director, K-State Research and Extension

Our Mission

We are dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education.

Our Vision

By 2025, K-State Research and Extension will be one of the world's top destinations for education, research, and extension.