Grand Challenges: Global Food Systems

One in five Kansans, rural and urban, work in jobs related to agriculture and food production. Agriculture drives the Kansas economy. In 2012, the cattle industry alone generated $7.88 billion in cash receipts, and in 2011 Kansas exported nearly $5.3 billion in agricultural products.

Our food and agricultural systems are productive but need to improve to feed the world's growing population. Kansas stands to gain a great deal economically. K-State Research and Extension is Kansas' partner in the success of the state's agriculture.

What we are doing

Since 2001, the Food Science Institute coordinates the work of 57 nationally and internationally recognized faculty from five K-State colleges and 13 departments.

Developing new crop varieties that suit the Kansas climate and meet domestic and international consumer demand.

Reducing food loss caused by insects, poor storage, and processing techniques.

Identifying ways to maintain cattle rangeland threatened by climate variations.

Leading national and international teams to solve global food issues.

Helping families stretch their food dollars.


Did You Know?

  • K-State created the first-ever canola that would grow in Kansas and produce heart-healthy cooking oil. 
  • Feed rations for beef cattle and feedlot protocols were developed by K-State scientists.
  •  Kansas State University created "Farmers' Institutes," which later became the nationwide Cooperative Extension Service.


Why K-State Research and Extension can help find solutions for the challenges facing Kansans

 We have

  • a statewide network to share unbiased information, 
  • expertise on topics important to Kansas, and 
  • established local, state, regional, national, and international partnerships.