Welcome to Hamilton County K-State Research and Extension
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MST
Monday - Friday
About K-State Research and Extension
All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation's more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities have a third critical mission—Extension. Extension "reaches out," extending resources and addressing public needs with university resources through non-formal, non-credit programs. Programs are largely administered through County Extension offices that bring land-grant university expertise to the local level. K-State Research and Extension employs approximately 300 research scientists, 180 faculty specialists and program leaders, 270 county and area specialists, and 400 support staff in 23 departments from 5 different colleges. Personnel are located at the main campus, in 105 county offices, 9 experiment fields, 5 area offices, 3 research centers, and 3 research–extension centers
Today, Extension plays an important role in American life in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Extension Agents help farmers grow crops, help families plan safe and nutritious meals, and help children acquire the necessary skills to become tomorrow's leaders.
In Kansas, Extension personnel work on the Kansas State University campus and in 105 county offices. Extension programs are designed to meet the needs of the local community. The Hamilton County Extension Office promotes programs in these areas:
- 4-H Youth Development
- Crops & Livestock
- Lawn & Garden
- Foods & Nutrition
- Home & Family
Our Mission . . .
"We are dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families and youth through integrated research, analysis and education."
Our Vision . . .
K-State Research and Extension is committed to expanding human capacity by delivering educational programs and technical information that result in improved leadership skills in the areas of communication, group dynamics, conflict resolution, issue analysis, and strategic planning that can enhance the economic viability and quality of life in communities.
Our History . . .
- Year Event 1862 The Morrill Act was passed paving the way for a land-grant university in every state.
- 1863 Bluemont College was renamed the Kansas State Agricultural College.
- 1887 The Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station was created at Kansas State Agricultural College under the provision of the Hatch Act.
- 1914 The Smith–Lever Act created the Cooperative Extension Service.
- 1959 The official university name was changed to Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science.
- 1996 The Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Kansas Cooperative Extension Service merged to form the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service (K-State Research and Extension).