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Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges: Global Food Systems

Agriculture drives the Kansas economy and is the states' largest employer — one in five Kansans work in jobs related to agriculture and food production. In 2015, the agricultural industry contributed 43 percent of the state’s gross regional product.  

K-State Research and Extension plays a vital role in global food systems to feed the 9.6 billion population expected by 2050. We are creating innovations that benefit farmers in Kansas and internationally and grow the economy of Kansas.



Results Are in the Numbers

Global Food Systems 2016 stats

What We Are Doing

Helping entrepreneurs develop products safely under current regulations.

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.

Answering questions about the farm bill.