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Grand Challenges

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

We continue to focus on addressing the five grand challenges: global food systems, water, health, developing tomorrow's leaders, and community vitality. Please explore this website for information and videos on each of these areas to learn more about them and the impact we are having.

K-State Research and Extension represents nearly 130 years of agricultural research and more than 100 years of extension. This system connects the university to every county through locally based educators. The legacy of this work is felt today in the continuous improvements in the quality of life and standard of living enjoyed by Kansans. 

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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.