From the Dean and Director

John FlorosKansas State universitiy just celebrated its 150th anniversary and reflected on its many accomplishments. As our nation's first land-grant university,
K-State has vastly improved the lives of Kansans. It's important to recognize that this university reaches into every Kansas county, bringing research from the lab to the community.

This country's land-grant universities integrate teaching, research, and extension into one system. Nowhere else in the world do universities do that. This integration has propelled our country into a world leader, particularly in food and agricultural production.

As we celebrated our successes, we were also busy developing our Vision 2025 Strategic Plan for the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. We can't rest on our successes, we must look forward and move ahead.

Our citizens have told us there are five grand challenges facing Kansas — gobal food sysems, water, health, developing tomorrow's leaders, and community vitality. We built our 2025 Strategic Plan around finding solutions to these challenges.

We aren't going to solve these challenges alone. We are educating and working with the next generation of students. scientists, and extension educators. We train and work with several thousand volunteers in 4-H, Master Gardeners, Master Food Volunteers, lawn and crop consultants, and others who work with Kansas citizens in many walks of life, sharing the newest research-based knowledge for life.

In addition to this brochure, we have developed a companion website ( with links to videos, articles, annual reports, and more information about our programs. As you read our 2014 report, relfect on our 150 years of success 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