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Southwest Research-Extension Center


Southwest Research-Extension Center

The Southwest Research-Extension Center (SWREC) is located in Garden City, Kansas.  The center is one of several administrative units accountable to the Kansas Agricultural Extension Service Director.  We are a partnership between Kansas State University and federal, state, and county government, with offices in every Kansas County. We conduct research through Kansas that is then shared by Extension Specialist and others on our web sites and through numerous conferences, workshops, field days, publications, newsletters and more. 

Service Area / Region of Focus

The Southwest Research-Extension Center’s primary region of focus is southwest Kansas.  In particular, the following 26 counties: Barber County, Clark County, Comanche County, Edwards County, Finney County, Ford County, Grant County, Gray County, Greeley County, Hamilton County, Harper County, Haskell County, Hodgeman County, Kearny County, Kingman County, Kiowa County, Meade County, Morton County, Pawnee County, Pratt County, Scott County, Seward County, Stafford County, Stanton County, and Stevens County.

Human Resources

There are 12 research and extension faculty located at Garden City.  Faculty expertise is complemented by 23 full-time support staff including clerical, maintenance, and crop technician classifications. Student workers are hired for the summer field season.  To learn more, visit our faculty and staff page.

Facilities / Land Resources

The headquarters at Garden City includes 27 buildings. There are eight additional buildings at Tribune. Land resources are used for field crops research and production of foundation seed wheat or grain, hay, and silage.

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Fiscal Resources

Funding comes from a variety of sources including state appropriations (salaries and wages, operating, supplemental allocations for equipment and maintenance), crop sales (fees), grants, and gifts.


The Garden City Branch of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station was established in 1907 on 320 acres 5 miles northeast of Garden City. The Tribune Branch was established in 1911. These two branch stations were combined into the Southwest Branch Agricultural Experiment Station in 1986. In 1988, the station was given its current name: Southwest Research-Extension Center.

Upcoming Events


Tractor Safety Operator's Course
May 6, 2017
Kinsley, Kansas

The Other Side of the Disaster
May 9-10, 2017
Ashland, Kansas

Wheat Diagnostic School
May 10-11, 2017
Hutchinson, Kansas

Wheat Plot Tours
May 15 - June 1, 2017
Various locations

Wheat Plot Tour
May 15, 2017
Lewis, Kansas

Wheat Plot Tour
May 15, 2017
Larned, Kansas

Spring Field Day
May 25, 2017
Garden City, Kansas

Wheat Plot Tour
June 1, 2017
Scott City, Kansas


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