Cultivating Kansas

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Cultivating Kansas


Rooted in western Kansas

We collaborate to address the unique challenges in agriculture and natural resources, youth development, and health specific to the people of western Kansas.


A summer field dat at Colby, Kansas.

Preliminary results of research at the WKREC locations

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Uniquely positioned to address the challenges of western

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child eating a healthy snackLinking education with life experiences to help people improve their lives, their families, and their communities

K-State Research and Extension prioritizes the holistic wellness of Kansas communities, addressing physical, mental, financial, and social aspects with Family and Consumer Sciences FCS. Through programs spanning stress management, physical activity, nutrition, family finances, civic engagement,and more, we empower individuals to lead healthier lives, fostering happier and more resilient communities.

Find an FCS program to match your interests and goals

boy showing beefPart of the K-State Research and Extension Network

The WKREC team works to tackle western Kansas's most pressing issues– creating stronger, more resilient food and fiber systems, and rural communities. We partner with county and distribt extension offices to deliver solutions driven by research and hands-on education.
Find your local K-State Research and Extension Office

photo of two farmers in a fieldK-State Research and Extension Solutions at your fingertips

K-State Research and Extension experts collaborate on a wide range of solutions— mobile apps, calendars, calculators, and databases— designed to help answer the tough agricultural challenges and questions Kansans face.

Get research-backed KSRE software and tools.

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KSU-TAPS (Testing Ag Performance Solutions)

Testing Ag Performance Solutions is a real-world farming contest where competitors will put their skills and cutting edge technology to work in competition for top prizes and the distinction of being the "most profitable", "most input-use effienct", and "highest grain yield" in a limited irrigation scenario.

Learn more about KSU-TAPS and join the competition!

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K-State Mobile Irrigation Lab

This Mobile Irrigation Lab provides free software and media downloads, technical bulletins and links to other useful resources to assist in irrigation management and cropping system strategies. It's your one-stop-shop for watern and irrigation resources in western Kansas.

Visit the Mobile Irrigation Lab website

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K-State 4-H Youth Development

Discover the transformative impact of 4-H in Western Kansas! 4-H empowers youth with invaluable skills and experiences, shaping future leaders and fostering a spirit of service and innovation. Explore how Kansas 4-H is making a difference in the lives of young people across our region.

View Western Kansas 4-H News

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KSRE Stress and Resiliency Team

Explore our the KSRE Stress and Resiliency Team website (extermal link), dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and resilience in rural communities. We're committed to nurturing not only agricultural vitality in western Kansas but also the well-being of individuals, families, and communities, addressing the crucial intersection of mental, physical, family, and financial health.

Visit the KSRE Stress and Resiliency Website to Learn More

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K-State Foundation Seed

Did you know that over 80% of the wheat acres grown in the U.S. have some tie back to Kansas State University? For more than 60 years, the Kansas Foundation Seed Project has made foundation seed of public varieties available. The project has expanded to include wheat, soybeans, and canola.

Learn more about the Kansas Foundation Seed Project


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