What is the history of KSRE?

I often ask exactly what K-State Research and Extension and the Cotton Extension District are. Those are great questions and I hope I can answer them for you.

K-State Research and Extension is a non-partisan, research-based network of educators sharing important issues for Kansas.

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for Kansas State University Agricultural Testing Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a national land grant partner created in the 1860s to educate people from all walks of life. Generating and disseminating valuable public knowledge. K-State scientists and the Faculty of Extension can draw on the knowledge and accumulated research on land acquisition systems, other universities, state and federal agencies and industries. Headquartered on the campus of Manhattan, K-State Research and Extension includes regional county or district extension offices, research centers and test areas supported by county, state, federal and private funds.

Provides a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and integrated research, analysis and education for strong healthy communities, families and youth.

With 131 years of research and 104 years of extension, K-State Research and Extension has been improving the quality of life and standard of living for a century. The completed study will be used by extension agents and others to solve community problems.

This integrated system connects the university with each county as a source of factual information from local teachers. The Cotton Extension District was established on July 1, 2017 and covers the counties of Barton and Ellis. The Extension District looks at the dynamic demographic data in Kansas and educates many viewers to enable extension agents to be more unique in their programs. Each county continues to have offices with research and educational opportunities in all program areas. There are currently seven extension agencies in the Cottonwood Extension District that cover crop production, animal husbandry, family and consumer science, family and community welfare, horticulture and positive youth development.

Call us if you have any questions about what extension will do for you! A few years ago, I had a cheese coop at a coworker’s favorite and our first call was to the Donna Extension office to see what the best cleaning options were! Our Ag Agents can provide a lot of information about improving production processes; Family and community safety agents provide educational opportunities for our community to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. 4-H Youth Development Agencies are active in addition to the traditional 4-H Club activities after school, after-school, library and leisure center programs!

Keep learning. Show kindness and kindness.

Michelle Bern is a 4-H and youth development agent for the Cottonwood District, Barton County Office. Email Beran to mberan@ksu.edu or call 620-793-1910 for more information on this article or other 4-H youth and development issues.

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