We're back with another edition of Statewide to show and tell you about many ways K-State Research and Extension made a difference for Kansas in 2017.
We'll let our leader, John Floros, tell you more....
Community learns lessons in science
and health through school garden
Type 2 diabetes afflicts nearly 10 percent of Kansas adults . Forty extension agents across the state offer the Dining with Diabetes program aimed at boosting the health and wellness of those challenged with diabetes, their family members, caregivers and others who support them. The program teaches self care, healthy eating habits and cooking, exercise and more.
Statewide, nearly 7,482 constituents saved more than $4.2 million after receiving financial counseling from extension agents providing Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK).
“Wheat farmers across the High Plains rely on improved genetics to help address production problems such as combating disease, drought and stresses. We are very fortunate to have high-level scientists and geneticists at K-State using advanced technologies to identify improved varieties and genetics to Kansas wheat growers.”
– Mike McClellan,
Palco wheat farmer and Kansas Wheat Commission board chairman
< WATCH: Wheat genomics research in South Asia has direct benefits for Kansas and the world
We make better decisions on our farm because I can get help from K-State. They review the science, help me understand what we’re doing, and then monitor and figure out if something is right. They do a good job of sharing their knowledge and bringing it to a practical level for those of us in the field.”
– Michael Springer,
managing partner of Springer Family Farms in Sycamore, Kansas 
“The No. 1 thing growers are using K-State Research and Extension for right now is those pop-up problems, like sugarcane aphids. The first call we’re going to make is to Extension. That’s true if it’s an early freeze, a late freeze … any production issues we have throughout the season. That’s some of the best value we see.”
– Clayton Short,
Saline County sorghum grower,
Kansas Sorghum Commission vice chair
and National Sorghum Checkoff Program secretary
< WATCH: K-State Innovation lab leads the world in research to use sorghum, millet and entrepreneurial education to end poverty and hunger
Poor water quality affects nearby land values. When cities pay more to clean drinking water, it ultimately means a bump in water bills for homeowners. K-State scientists test water runoff from corn and soybean fields at a watershed field lab south of Manhattan. The team found that planting cover crops can reduce soil loss, or erosion, by 70 percent compared to land where cover crops are not planted. Subsurface placement of phosphorus fertilizer can reduce phosphorus loss by more than 25 percent. Reducing soil and phosphorus loss helps protect public waterways and improve long-term productivity of Kansas farm ground.
< WATCH: You can see the difference in water runoff from fields with cover crops versus fields without them
When raging wildfires destroyed property and killed thousands of beef cattle in southwest Kansas, 4-H clubs stepped in to care for the youngest survivors. Clubs joined forces to shelter and raise orphaned calves. The necessary feed and supplies were either donated or provided by the host families. Once the calves were healthy and the producers were ready to take them back, the calves were returned to the ranchers.
< WATCH: Young 4-H leaders step up to care for calves orphaned by last spring's catastrophic wildfires
DID YOU KNOW? Out of 16,000 firefighters statewide, 13,000 are volunteers. And those volunteers protect 90 percent of all Kansans. In addition all things tree care, the Kansas Forest Service oversees fire management programs across the state, providing training, equipment, prevention materials, grant funding and consulting for the state’s 486 rural fire departments.

“The current economic climate has made it difficult for fire departments to budget for replacement equipment, and the Kansas Forest Service has been a reliable source for several years.”
– Ken Staatz, Herington Fire Department chief  
The First Impressions project pairs similar-sized communities, who evaluate each other's website then visits the community for a first-sight reaction of the downtown, residences, schools and housing.

After the evaluation is completed, each community meets to review the findings and launch improvement projects for community assets such as local grocery stores, walking trails, signage, parks, community upkeep, tree plantings, flag displays, facilities for local schools and evaluating new uses for empty buildings.
< WATCH: Extension professionals deploy a number of tools to build and fortify rural communities
“My life has been transformed by the College of Agriculture. I have been encouraged to pursue different opportunities, mentored by faculty and provided support from alumni. I will graduate with lifelong friends, a focused career objective and confidently equipped with knowledge and skills.”
— Jeffrey Hadachek, senior in agricultural economics, Cuba, Kansas
< WATCH: College of Ag students look forward to a bright future with the education and experience they've gained at K-State
< WATCH: Don't just take our word for it - industry professionals and experts know the value of K-State Research and Extension
K-State Research and Extension
1612 Claflin Road
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, as amended. Kansas State University, County Extension Councils, Extension Districts, and United States Department of Agriculture Cooperating, John D. Floros, Director.