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The Extension Files is a product of K-State Research and Extension, which is Kansas State University’s outreach and education system. 

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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Apr 13, 2020

Rural communities may not have been affected by the COVID-19 situation as significantly as more urban and suburban areas, but that does not mean they haven't begun to experience some effects or won't see more in the coming weeks. In this episode, we speak with a K-State expert on rural community development and spend a good portion of the conversation on rural grocery stores – which K-State research has shown is a barometer for the economy of their towns. A couple of hopeful notes, too: This current crisis could open more possibilities for rural grocery stores to accept online orders, and more attention will certainly be paid to rural internet connectivity.

Guest for this episode:

Dr. David Procter is a professor in the department of Communication studies at Kansas State University and is the director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development.

He has worked on issues of school consolidation, community strategic planning, heritage museum education, facilitation of community dialogue, and strategies for re-populating rural communities.

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The Extension Files is a product of K-State Research and Extension, which is Kansas State University’s outreach and education system. We have an office in every one of Kansas’ 105 counties.

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.

In Kansas, extension agents’ expertise and deep network of connections cover a wide array of topics:

  • food (from livestock and crop production to preparation and preservation)
  • families and community
  • 4-H youth development
  • finances
  • health in all stages of life
  • gardening
  • landscaping
  • … and much more

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