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K-State Today

February 5, 2021

Metzger joins KCARE as associate director

Submitted by Melissa Harvey

Susan Metzger

Susan Metzger has been appointed associate director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment, or KCARE. Metzger also works as the senior executive administrator to the dean/director of K-State's College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

In her KCARE leadership role, Metzger will use her considerable experience to help secure and administer funding for the Kansas Water Resources Institute, the Fertilizer Research Fund, the Ogallala Aquifer Program and others. She will work closely with the KCARE team of watershed specialists to support their efforts to improve water quality throughout the state and their work with Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies projects. She also will represent KCARE with local, state and federal agencies and help coordinate work with water and soil conservation issues associated with increased cotton acres in Kansas. Metzger will be part of the leadership team coordinating the Crops and Livestock portion of the Kansas Water Plan research committee.

"Susan's knowledge of Kansas agriculture and her excellent relationships with stakeholders throughout the state of Kansas make her uniquely suited for KCARE," said Director Daniel Devlin. "We are excited to bring her on board as a member of our team."

Metzger has broad experience representing Kansas State University and Kansas agriculture. Before her work at K-State, she was the deputy/assistant secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, where she served the farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses of Kansas and assisted in the development and delivery of tools to grow the state’s agricultural economy. Before that, Metzger worked as the chief of planning and policy for the Kansas Water Office, where she was the team leader in the development and implementation of the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas.