Welcome to the fall edition of  Statewide , your quarterly update on the impact being made by K-State Research and Extension and the College of Agriculture. Scroll to see the  game-changing research and information  that’s been part of our outreach over the last few months.
Interim Dean and Director Ernie Minton shares comments from USAID officials praising the quality of K-State scientists who are working to ensure the world can feed itself in the future.

You can read about it here .
Sara Menker, founder and CEO of innovative ag data company Gro Intelligence, was this year's Gardiner Lecturer at K-State. Her company's analysis says a global food crisis could begin within the next 10 years - but doesn't have to . You can watch a short recap, full lecture or listen to a 20-minute interview to learn more.
Did you know half of the pet-food industry is based in the Kansas City region? Or that it accounts for 2,000 jobs in the area? Or that a new course of study in pet-food manufacturing and nutrition bolsters K-State's research and development contributions to this steadily growing industry? We've got a story and a student-produced video to tell you all about it.
AUDIO: A new grant will enable graduate students to study the Ogallala aquifer from three crucial perspectives: food, energy and water. To hear more about this 5-year, $2.9 million project, listen to this episode of the Agriculture Today radio program, starting at the 13-minute mark.
What are the chances you know a young person who participated in the annual 48 Hours of 4-H community service event this year? With thousands of volunteers participating in more than 100 events across Kansas, your chances are pretty good!
Take a look at this video showing how 4-H helps fulfill parents' wishes for their children to learn by doing . And if the video captures your imagination, help us spread the word about the impact of 4-H by sharing it with your friends and family.
Falling farm income, low commodity prices, trade disruptions and weather are fueling stress on farmers and their families. Read this story to access proactive steps that may help.
AUDIO: Listen to three K-State Research and Extension agents who helped roughly 200 Kansans realize a combined $1 million in tax credits last year through marketplace enrollment counseling. This year's enrollment window runs through Dec. 15, so if you know someone eligible, point them to this episode of The Extension Files .
With prices on some traditional crops depressed, K-State Research and Extension is helping Kansas farmers explore alternatives for their specific situation and location.
In a bigger-is-always-better marketplace, meat scientists documented the just-right size and thickness of pork chops, which will help producers fine-tune the size of their livestock to match consumer demands for thicker cuts. 
With a five-step strategy of Recruit, Retain, Enrich, Graduate and Job Placement, Dr. Zelia Wiley, the Big 12's first assistant dean for diversity, has helped the College of Agriculture the percentage of multicultural students.
Writing grants may not be on the same list as tropical vacations and birthday parties, but knowing how to write them well is an art that can change a community. Specialist Nancy Daniels offers workshops to help grant writers focus on outcomes. She has coached 550 Kansans so far, and demand keeps growing.
AUDIO: Poor credit management can result in higher costs to borrow money, lost opportunities and added stress. Listen to this episode of Sound Living to hear a family resource management specialist discuss the steps to ensure careful, wise use of credit.
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