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The goal for K-State Research and Extension is to be everyday Kansans’ trusted source for relevant, unbiased research and information to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future.

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Feb 15, 2019

Marlin Bates is the county extension director for Douglas County. His office is in Lawrence. He talks with us about developing and sticking to your passion; how specialization helps extension professionals make an impact in a community; and how he focuses on development with his staff. We also get to know Marlin...


Jan 31, 2019

“Community facilitation” isn’t a term that grabs people’s attention like “disaster preparation,” but for anyone who’s been in a meeting where people just can’t find a way to agree, the art and science behind helping leaders make meetings productive is a powerful tool.

Trudy Rice, the Community Vitality...


Jan 17, 2019

Andrea Burns, the agriculture and natural resources agent in Ford County, won the Mentor Award at K-State Research and Extension’s annual conference in October 2018. One of the first women to serve as an ag agent, Andrea tells us how the statewide system of extension professionals has served as a second family to her...


Dec 14, 2018

On this special edition of The Extension Files, we have a chat with one of our own. Richard Baker, like us, works in the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education – but not for much longer. After 41 years here at K-State, Richard is retiring.

He’s been a mainstay on Kansas radio since the late...


Nov 15, 2018

In this episode, we have a wide-ranging and inspiring conversation with networker extraordinaire Cindy Evans, the director of K-State Research and Extension in Shawnee County. We hear how her office works to build community vitality in urban Topeka and several more rural towns in the county, and how opportunities can be...