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History of Extension

1862    Morrill Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln

1863    Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC) – chartered to have an Agriculture Department

1868    40 of the original 160 acres of campus were made into a plant nursery and used as a hands-on teaching and research laboratory

1868    Fruit orchard planted to 220 apple trees

1868    Farmers’ Institutes invented by KSAC to extend information to citizens (Extension)

1870    The first ever paper presented by a woman (Mrs. Emma Bowen) at a Farmers’ Institute

1874    Last Farmer’s Institute (for a while) was held

1876    Farmers’ Clubs were formed and started local Farmers’ Institutes

1882    KSAC restarts its own Farmers’ Institutes

1887    Hatch Act passed by Congress for support of agricultural experiment stations

1887    The Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station (Research) was established by the Kansas Legislature on March 4, 1887, two days after the enabling legislation was enacted by Congress.

1887    Legislature establishes the office of the Commissioner of Forestry

1888    Professor E.M. Shelton serves as first KAES Director

1888    First bulletin of the KAES is published

1888    First annual report of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station (KAES) issued

1888    First tree seedlings distributed

1897    Julius T. Willard was vice-director and director (1900) of the KAES and also head of the Dept. of Chemistry.  He researched and published bulletins in the area that became soil science.  In the 1940s, soil science moved to Agronomy.

1900    Professor J.T. Willard serves as second KAES Director

1901    First agricultural experiment station established - Fort Hays Branch Experiment Station.The station becomes the largest dryland agricultural research station in the world.

1902    Fort Hays Branch Experiment Station – experimental planting of Forest Tree Species

1903    Farmers’ Institute Legislation creating County Farmers’ Institute Association, which allowed for county funding of the Farmers’ Institutes

1905    First Extension employee was John H. Miller, Field Secretary and organizer of the Farmers’ Institutes

1905    Farmers’ Institute train makes 135 stops around the state, covering 1030 miles

1905    First mention of youth project clubs – Corn and Canning

1906    John H. Miller named Superintendent of the Farmers’ Institutes

1906    Charles W. Burkett serves as third KAES Director

1906    12 project club members (Boys Corn Club) visit KSAC

1907    Department of Farmers’ Institutes and College Extension created

1907    Garden City Branch Experiment Station created

1907/8 State Farmers’ Institute program – featured Home Economics in addition to Agriculture

1908    E.H. Webster serves at fourth KAES Director

1909    First Extension specialists (seven of them) hired

1909    Start of Home Economics Extension

1909    Frances L. Brown, appointed as the first Director of Home Economics in Extension

1909    Forestry transferred to KSAC, title changed to State Forester, appointed by KBOR

1909    Dodge City Branch Experiment Station created from a former forestry station

1910    Board of Regents authorized the Department of College Extension to provide instruction by correspondence in the various subjects relating to farm life

1910    Capper Girls Tomato Club organized

1911    First irrigation well developed with funding from the Garden City Industrial Club; initiates the first irrigation research studies in southwest Kansas.

1911    Tribune Branch Experiment Station created. Only 2.5% of Greeley County was under cultivation. Today in 2013, over 90% of Greeley County is under cultivation.

1911    John H. Miller made the first Director of College Extension

1911    Leavenworth Progressive Agricultural Club formed

(forerunner of Extension Office)

1911    Capper Boys Corn Club established

1912    Division of College Extension is formed by the Regents, recognizing the many years of Extension work conducted at KSAC, starting with the Farmers’ Institutes

1912    Home Economics Extension was one of four departments in the Division; six Extension Home Economists were on the faculty.  Frances L. Brown, who earlier has been employed as a “lecturer in Domestic Science,” was appointed the first Kansas Director of Home Economics in Extension in 1909.  The teaching of homemaking skills was done by the demonstration method.  Education programs for boys and girls were a part of the specialists’ responsibilities, then as now.

1912-15 In ten counties, Agricultural Clubs or County Farm Bureaus were organized prior to the passage of the Kansas County Farm Bureau Law (1915), which provided for a county appropriation to assist with the County Farm Bureau and Extension program.

1912    P.H. Ross was employed as the first County Demonstration Agent - in LV County

1912    Capper Boys and Girls Poultry Contest held

1912    Capper Boys Baby Beef Project Contest held

1913    W.M. Jardine serves at fifth KAES Director

1914    Smith-Lever Act passes Congress, creating a national Cooperative Extension Service

1914    Kansas Cooperative Extension Service created at KSAC

1914    Colby Branch Experiment Station created                            

1914    Otis Hall appointed as first Boys and Girls State Leader

1914    The first Home Demonstration Unit was created when women from Leavenworth County requested help in food preservation from the national club leader.  A mother-daughter canning club was formed in Glenwood, KS, now one of the oldest Extension units in the U.S.  From 1915 to 1943, the clubs were sponsored by the Farm Bureau and were called Farm Bureau Units.

1914-28 Agricultural trains continued to be a very popular way to reach Extension audiences

1915    The name of the State Farmers’ Institute is changed to “Farm and Home Week”

1915    County Extension work received support through the County Farm Bureau Law passed by the Kansas legislature, authorizing county appropriations.  Home Demonstration Units were organized.

1915    The Director’s Report cited almost 1500 women attending 48 five-day Extension Home Economics schools.  Thus began Farm and Home Week.

1916-1920 First irrigation studies started at Colby Research Station. Modern, efficient pumping equipment had not yet been invented and the studies were quickly terminated.

1917    A small herd of Ayrshire cattle is transferred to the Garden City Experiment Station from the Dodge City Experiment Station, which is then closed down.

1917    The first improved wheat variety “Kanred” is released by K-State and was developed by H.F. Roberts, a Professor of Botany. Roberts planted 554 rows of wheat, each of them from one spike of the variety ‘Crimean’, in 1906.  Selections were replanted in rows from 1907 to 1910 and in field plots from 1911 onward.  Seed of the best line was distributed to 1,500 farmers for testing in 1914.  The new variety was earlier in maturity, hardier, and more productive than “Crimean” or “Turkey."

1917    Technical wheat breeding began in Agronomy with the hiring of John Parker, the first crop breeder.

1918    F.D. Farrell serves as the sixth KAES Director

1918    For its regular work in Home Economics, the Division of Extension employed a State Director and 10 assistants.

1918    Mary Whiting McFarlane became Director of Home Economics Extension

1918    First mention of “4-H Club” used to describe Boys and Girls Club; 11 official projects listed

1919    Otis Hall authors the National 4-H Pledge

1919    F.E. Colburn first photographer appointed to the KAES

1919-1921       Thomas J. Talbert Supt. of Institutes and Extension Schools, Transferred to Ag Specialists Leader

1919    A Department of Home Demonstration Work was created in addition to the Department of Home Economics Extension

1919    First inspection of a crop variety field, Kanred wheat, by the Kansas Crop Improvement Association

1920    The number of county Farmers’ Institutes, running from 1 to 3 days, decreased rapidly

1920    Extension Communications begins

1920    Mabel Caldwell was employed as the first Extension “journalist” in Kansas

1921    First Extension Editor appointed

1921    Nina Belle Crigler became State Leader of Home Demonstration Work Department

1921    First Agriculture Fair was held on campus

1921    The monthly printed publication, Extension News, became the official publication

1922    National 4-H Congress established in Chicago, IL

1922    Age for 4-H members changed to 10-20 years

1923    Amy Kelly became State Leader of the Home Demonstration Work Department and Head of the Department of Home Economics Extension

1923    Fair Organizations and Fairs were starting to take the place of Farmers’ Institutes

1923    A film service was started with films from the Department of Agriculture and commercial organizations

1923    First year for Kansas 4-H Round-up at KSAC

1924    Radio Station KSAC starts broadcasting; early programs included “College of the Air” and a “Farm Hour” each day at noon which continued into the 1970s

1924    First Community 4-H club chartered – Lincoln County

1925    L.E. Call serves at the seventh KAES Director

1925    Duplication service/distribution of publications responsibility of the Extension Editor

1926    Maynard H. Coe appointed State 4-H leader

1926    Beginning of Music Appreciation activity and contest

1926    First 4-H Round-up picture taken

1927    J. Harold Johnson hired by Sedgwick County to become the first full-time 4-H agent in Kansas

1927    KSAC Collegiate 4-H Club organized on December 12 with 156 members

1927    4-H Uniform was adopted

1927    First National 4-H Conference was held in Washington, D.C.

1927    Lisle L. Longsdorf served as director of the KSAC radio station longer than anyone else.  He was appointed in 1927 and remained responsible for it until 1953 when the department of radio and TV was established.

1927-1935 Louis C. Williams, Head, Dept. of Agricultural Specialists

1930    Wheat Festival Train – 58 stops; 106,150 in attendance

1930    4-H Secretary’s book prepared and printed

1931    Beef Cattle Festival Train – 34 stops; 109,135 in attendance

1931    Clovia 4-H House established at KSAC

1931    All delegates to 4-H Round-up wore uniforms

1932    4-H Livestock Auction reported

1933    18% of students enrolled at KSAC were 4-H members

1933    17 4-H Camps were held with 1,230 attending

1934    New 4-H Encampment Building was completed at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson

1934    No county 4-H camps were held due to the economy – one day picnics were substituted

1935    Position of Research Forester created at KSAC

1935-1937       Louis C. Williams, Asst. Dir., Div. of College Ext. & In Charge of Agricultural Specialists

1935    Soil Conservation Act authorized formation of the Soil Conservation Service (SCS).  The KCES readily approved of the new organization, assigning Extension Specialists to assist in organizing county soil conservation districts.  By 1950, all counties except Shawnee had a soil conservation district.

1936    Departments of Home Demonstration Work and Home Economics Extension were combined and named Home Economics Extension

1936    Extension Publicity and Radio combined into Extension Publicity and Information

1936    Livestock Auction held for 4-H at State Shows

1937    Georgiana Smurthwaite became State Home Demonstration Leader; title later changed to State Leader, Home Economics Extension; retired June 30, 1954.

1937    First USDA Forest Service Inventory – shows 1.2 million acres of KS forest resources

1937    Better Farm Homes Train – 37 stops; 67,192 in attendance (the last train program)

1937    Lisle L. Longsdorf, extension editor, reported the year’s schedule of talks on KSAC radio had been laid out in advance, 3500 talks by 370 different speakers.

1938    First KAES editor hired

1938    All 105 counties were represented at 4-H Round-up, for the first time

1939    The Neighborhood Leader was published by Extension Information during WWII

1940    “Cow No. 29” set the world record for lifetime (1925-1940) milk production from a grade dairy cow (150,339 lb. of milk). She was an Ayrshire cow born and raised on the Colby research station.

1940    All Kansas counties had a County 4-H Council

1940’s First beef cattle finishing trial conducted in western Kansas.  This trial heralded the cattle feeding industry of western Kansas.

1941    Miriam Dexter conducted the daily KSAC “Farm Hour” radio program during WWII

1941-1951       5.1 million tree seedlings are produced at Hays for use in windbreak and farmstead plantings throughout central and western Kansas.

1943    Hays Buffalograss is released for use in revegetating cropland damaged by the drought of the 1930's. A chemical process is developed that increases germination from 7% to 85%.

1944    Farm Bureau Units became known as Home Demonstration Units to emphasize the relationship between the work of the County Home Demonstration Agents and the Extension Home Economics Program at KSC.

1945    J. Harold Johnson was appointed State 4-H Leader

1945    Statewide Committee on 4-H Camping appointed

1945    Almost half of the Kansas counties employed Home Demonstration Agents and there were almost 25,000 Home Demonstration Unit members.

1946    R.I. Throckmorton serves as the eighth KAES Director

1946    First KAES statistician hired

1946    Rock Springs 4-H Center started

1946    New annual 4-H project and permanent record sheets provided

1947    Wind Erosion Research Unit formed in conjunction with USDA ARS and K-State

1948    Eighty acre irrigation unit near Holcomb leased from the Garden City Co. until 2002

1948    4-H Project Pins used for the first time

1948    First International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) – Armin Samuelson, Shawnee County, traveled to Sweden

1948-1950       Paul W. Griffith, In Charge, Extension Agricultural Specialists

1949    Mound Valley Branch Agricultural Experiment Station created

1949    Artificial insemination project established

1950    High capacity irrigation well developed and intensive irrigation research started at Garden City Research Station

1950    30 Dairy cows were purchased to start Dairy Investigations at Mound Valley in SE KS

1950    Soil Investigational work and Farm Crop research began at the Mound Valley Station

1951    Kansas 4-H Journal started

1951    Turfgrass research starts when plots are established in the northwest area of campus

1952    A.D. Weber serves as the ninth KAES Director

1952    The Kansas 4-H Foundation was established to assist the Extension Service with the 4-H Club program

1952    First IFYE Conference held at Rock Springs

1952    Key Awards started by 4-H, sponsored by Cities Service

1952    Purple Award grouping started in judging of Kansas fair exhibits

1952    Up to 1952, KSAC radio was operated by part-time staff members and students under supervision of Lisle L. Longsdorf, extension editor

1952-1962       William G. Amstein, Head, Dept. of Agricultural Specialists & Specialists in Horticulture

1953    The Department of Radio and TV was established.  Robert Hilgendorf was named head.

1953    Kenneth Thomas was named manager of KSAC radio and given a budget for full-time staff

1953    Master Farmers, Master Farm Homemakers Organization begins at K-State

1954    Extension Publicity and Information split into the Department of Extension Radio and Television and the Department of Extension Information

1954    Mae Baird becomes State Leader for Home Economics Extension

1954    National 4-H Alumni started

1954    4-H Wheat Shows started

1954    Horticultural Investigations of vegetables and trees began at the Mound Valley Station

1955    Glenn H. Beck serves as the tenth KAES Director

1956    Extension 4-H Advisory Committee began serious consideration of boys and girls clubs for urban and suburban areas

1956    An orchard and a vineyard were planted at the Mound Valley Station

1957    First irrigation studies started on with corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and potatoes by the Tribune Research Station. The work was conducted on farmer’s fields.

1957    Irrigation studies restarted at Colby Research Station in response to the drought of 1954-1956 and the development of turbine pumps in World War II.

1958    Extension moved into Umberger Hall; a building designed and built for Extension

1958    Jack Burke joined the KSAC radio staff in 1958 and served as acting manager for more than a year.

1958    Joint KAES/KCES publications Distribution Center created

1958    Roger E. Regnier appointed State 4-H Leader

1958    A Christmas tree project was started to determine the best varieties of pine to plant and how best to grow them at the Mound Valley Station

1959    Margaret Koenig served as Acting State Leader from January 15, 1959 to January 1, 1961 and again from January to July 1964 when Miss Baird returned to India.  Miss Koenig continued as acting State Leader until a new leader came in 1965.

1959-1999 Sheep research conducted at Colby Research Station. Extensive studies on all aspects of sheep production were conducted and the results widely disseminated.

1960’s Research started on no-till crop production at the Garden City Research Station

1961    Motion picture production facilities and equipment were made available to produce feature-length films for group showings

1961    Extension Forester title changed to Kansas State Forester of State and Extension Forestry

1961    Membership age in 4-H lowered from 10 to 8 years of age

1961    Smurthwaite Scholarship House was built and named after Miss Georgianna Smurthwaite who was in Home Economic Extension for 30 years.

1961    Rock Ford Turfgrass Research Center founded on donated land

1961    “Agriculture Today” radio program begins

1961    The Colby off-campus regional Extension office was established

1961    Irrigation research unit leased near Tribune Research Station. The unit was permanently added to the station by purchase in 1981. A long-term study on nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization of irrigated corn was initiated and continues on the same plots to the present.

1962    C. Peairs Wilson serves as the eleventh KAES Director

1962    KAES/KCES merged into Division of University Communications

1962    Jack Burke was named Head of the Office of Extension Radio and TV

1962    K-State Pecan Experiment Field was established on 80 acres donated near Chetopa, KS

1963-1969       John M. Ferguson, Acting State Leader, Extension Ag. Specialists

1963    Wind Erosion Laboratory established on campus with USDA ARS

1964    County Extension programs had nearly replaced Farmers’ Institute programs

1964    Wearing of the 4-H Uniform was discontinued statewide

1964    The Tuttle Forestry Research Area was leased from the Army Corps of Engineers

1965    Glenn H. Beck becomes Vice President of Agriculture

1965    Floyd W. Smith serves at the twelfth KAES Director

1965    The Home Demonstration Units were renamed Extension Homemakers Units (EHU)

1965    Shirley Marsh White becomes the State Leader for Home Economics Extension

1966    Glenn M. Busset was named State 4-H Leader

1967    Kansas 4-H Movie, Happiness is 4-H, was made

1968    EFNEP Program began in four counties with 19 paraprofessionals working with over 2,000 families.  Forty-two percent were minorities.  Fifty-four percent were receiving food stamps, and 40 percent were participating in WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Food Program).

1968    4-H TV Science Series attracted some 56,957 viewers

1968    Nichols Gymnasium was gutted by an arson fire, destroying the KSAC studios and offices.  The studios had been on the third floor west of Nichols Gym from the time the station first went on the air in 1924 until that fateful Friday the thirteenth.

1969    Southwest Area Extension Office established in Garden City

1971    Merle Eyestone was appointed Executive Director of the 4-H Foundation

1971    Norma Redeker became Acting State Leader for Home Economics Extension

1972    Name change from Home Economics Extension to Quality of Living

1972    Betty Jean Brannan becomes Assistant Director of Cooperative Extension and head of Quality of Living

1971    Northwest Area Extension Office opened in Colby

1972    Southeast Area Extension Office opened in Chanute

1972    Northeast Area Extension Office opened in Manhattan

1972    South Central Area Extension Office opened in Hutchinson

1973    Five Area 4-H Specialists are hired

1973-1981       Wilber E Ringler, Asst. Director, Extension Ag Production

1974    Governor Robert Docking proclaimed April 22-26, 1975 to be Kansas Extension Homemaker Week

1975    KAES and KCES have their separate communications offices again - KAES Editorial Office separate from Extension Information

1975    First full-time turfgrass scientist is hired

1975    106 county agents reported they were appearing regularly on local radio stations and 30 agents were on TV stations

1976    John O. Dunbar named Director of the Cooperative Extension Service

1976    Gail Imig becomes Assistant Director of Cooperative Extension and head of Quality of Living

1977    Kansas begins participation in the Japanese LABO program

1978    4-H Round-up becomes Kansas State 4-H and Youth Conference

1978    In the late 70s, Jack Burke was manager of extension television and radio operations which included KSAC radio in Manhattan, the Kansas State University Radio Network, KSET-TV in Wichita, and a film production unit.

1980    John O. Dunbar named Dean of Agriculture, Director of KCES, and Director of KAES

1979    Quality of Living name changed back to Home Economics Extension

1979    Marjory Mortvedt becomes Assistant Director of Cooperative Extension and head of Home Economics Extension

1980    First Master Gardener programs started in Kansas

1980’s Genetic improvements in corn allowed studies on dryland corn production to restart at the Tribune Research Station.

1980’s Research on no-till crop production started at Tribune. Results show that the use of no-till management increases grain sorghum production by 100% and wheat production by 56%.

1981    Jim L. Ozbun named Associate Director of KAES and Associate Dean of Agriculture

1981    Fred D. Sobering named Associate Director of the KCES and Associate Dean of Agriculture

1981    KSU Ag Report was first published

1981-1987       Hyde Jacobs, Asst. Director, Extension Ag Programs

1982    First KAES/KCES graphic designer and art coordinator hired

1982    Kansas State 4-H and Youth Conference becomes 4-H Discovery Days

1982    Kansas 4-H Ambassador Program started

1983    Kurt C. Feltner becomes the Associate Director of KAES and Associate Dean of Ag

1983    Ag Media Days, created by Extension Information, with the KAES Editorial Office as cosponsor

1984    Emerald Circle Banquet established to announce State 4-H winners

1984    Radio KSAC Become Radio KKSU

1985    Walter Woods becomes the Dean of Ag, Director of the KAES, and Director of KCES

1985    Merger of Extension Home Economics with the College of Home Economics

1985    Ron Jones becomes the Assistant Director of the KSU Cooperative Extension Service and Associate Dean of College of Home Ecology

1986    Bill Riley appointed as Executive Director of the Kansas 4-H Foundation

1986    Extension Communications Department formed and Jack Burke is named head

1986    The first live interactive satellite program was originated and transmitted from the campus of K-State. The premier program was "Re-appraisal and Classification—Its Impact on Property Taxes," featuring Extension's Public Policy Specialist Barry Flinchbaugh.

1986    A desktop publishing system linking computers to a laser printer was installed

1986    4-H Shooting Sports Workshop started

1987    Marilyn Stryker Corbin becomes the Acting Assistant Director of Extension Home Economics and then became Assistant Director in 1988

1987    Robert G. Helgesen named Acting Associate Director of KCES and Assoc. Dean of Ag

1987-1990       Don Pretzer, Asst. Director, Extension Ag Programs

1987    Northwest Area Extension Office and the Colby Branch Experiment Station merged to form the Northwest Research-Extension Center.

1988    Stanley D. Farlin named Associate Director of KCES and Associate Dean of Ag

1989    George E. Ham becomes Associate Director of KAES and Associate Dean of Ag

1989    Installation of subsurface drip irrigation system at the NW Research-Extension Center – Colby; now the oldest continuously operated subsurface drip system for field crop research in the world.

1990    Home Economics Extension name changed to Extension Family and Consumer Sciences

1990    Marilyn Stryker Corbin becomes the Acting Associate Director of KCES

1990    J. Pat Murphy, Acting Asst. Director, Extension Ag Programs

1990    Southwest Area Extension Office and Garden City Branch Experiment Station merged to form the Southwest Research-Extension Center

1991    Richard D. Wootton becomes Associate Director of KCES and Associate Dean of Ag

1992    Marc A. Johnson becomes Interim Dean and Director of KAES and KCES

1992    Daryl D. Buchholz becomes Assistant Director, Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources

1992    KAES and KCES Communications departments merged along with Ag Journalism to become the Department of Communications

1994    Marc A. Johnson becomes permanent Dean, Director of KAES, and Director of KCES

1994    New era for 4-H Nationally

1994    Mary Gray – Associate Dean, College of Human Ecology and Assistant Director of CES

1994    Mike Bradshaw, Acting Assistant Director of CES for Family and Consumer Sciences

1995    4-H/Army Youth Development Project started

1995    Administration merged for Colby, Garden City, Hays, and Tribune research stations under the umbrella of the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center - Hays.

1995    Gary W. Gerhard becomes Assistant Director, Department of 4-H Youth Development

1996    K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) created at Kansas State University

1997    State and Extension Forestry renamed Kansas Forest Service

1997    First K-State Research and Extension website launched

1997    Ron Madl becomes the director of the Wheat Research Center

1997    William Hargrove becomes the director of the Kansas Center for Agriculture and the Environment (KCARE)

2000    Paula Peters becomes Assistant Director, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, K-State Research and Extension

2000    Five Extension/KCARE Watershed Specialist positions were created across the state

2001    Forrest G. Chumley becomes Associate Director of Research and Technology Transfer

2001    Curtis L. Kastner becomes Director of the Food Science Institute

2001    Master Food Volunteer program started

2002    KKSU Radio Station sold to Morris Communications (WIBW) in Topeka

2002    K-State Radio Network created to distribute radio programming through digital means

2002    Ron Madl becomes the Director of the Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program (BIVAP)

2002    Randall A. Higgins becomes Interim Associate Director of Extension

2002    The South Central Area Extension Office in Hutchinson was closed and those counties were merged into the four remaining Area Extension Offices located in Chanute, Colby, Garden City, and Manhattan.

2002    James L. Lindquist becomes Metro Area Director

2003    George E. Ham becomes Interim Dean and Director

2003    Daryl D. Buchholz becomes Interim Assistant Director, Department of 4-H Youth Development

2003    4-H/Air Force Military Partnerships Project started

2003    Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) and 4-H Military Partnerships Project

2003    Military 4-H Club Grant program launched with grants to states for establishing 4-H Clubs on military installations

2003    4th USDA Forest Service Inventory shows 2.3 million acres of Kansas Forest Resources

2003    Beef steers produced at Hays, with the aid of ultrasound technology developed at the Ag Research Center, win “Best of the Breeds” national carcass quality contest.

2004    Fred A. Cholick becomes the Dean and Director

2004    Daryl D. Buchholz becomes Associate Director of Extension and Applied Research

2004    Pat McNally becomes Assistant Director, Department of 4-H Youth Development

2004    J. Pat Murphy becomes Interim Assistant Director, Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources

2004    Gordon Hibbard appointed as President of the Kansas 4-H Foundation

2004    James L. Lindquist becomes Assistant Director, Extension Field Operations

2004    Operation: Military Kids started with 5 pilot states. By 2010, 50 states participated in the program.  The program supports youth of National Guard and Reserve service members.

2005    Renovation and naming of 4-H Centennial Hall at the Kansas State Fairgrounds

2005    National 4-H Mission Mandates (4-H Science, 4-H Healthy Living and Citizenship) named

2005    Food Safety Forum organized by the Food Science Institute

2005    The Tuttle Forestry Research Area lease was renegotiated and runs through 2030

2005-2006       Kansas 4-H Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

2008    J. Ernest Minton becomes interim Associate Director of Research & Technology Transfer

2008    4-H/Navy Youth Development Projects

2009    Jackman Demonstration Forest established in Butler County – first Kansas state forest

2009    J. Ernest Minton becomes Associate Director of Research and Technology Transfer

2009    Steven M. Graham serves as the interim director of the Kansas Center for Agriculture and the Environment (KCARE)

2009    KSRE conducts training for the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters before it deploys to SE region of Iraq, near Basra

2009    KSRE conducts training for Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Teams (ADT) #1 and #2 before they deploy to Laghman Province, Afghanistan

2010    Gary M. Pierzynski becomes Interim Dean and Director

2010    Daniel L. Devlin becomes the director of the Kansas Center for Agriculture and the Environment (KCARE)

2010    Lisa Lauxman (Lyon County 4-H alum) named Director, 4-H National Headquarters, NIFA/USDA

2010    KSRE conducts training for Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) #3 before it deploys to Laghman Province, Afghanistan

2011    Daryl Buchholz becomes Interim Assistant Director, Dept. of 4-H Youth Development

2011    Barbara Stone becomes Assistant Director, Department of 4-H Youth Development

2011    Gregg Hadley becomes Assistant Director of Extension for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Development

2011    KSRE conducts training for Kansas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team (ADT) #4 before it deploys to Laghman Province, Afghanistan

2012    125 Years of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2012)

2012    March 10th – 125 Years of the Kansas Forest Service

2012    KSRE conducts training for the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and the 4th Brigade at Ft. Riley before they deploy to RC East in Afghanistan

2012    Long-term research at Tribune, since 1980, determines the use of no-till crop management increases grain sorghum production by 100% and wheat production by 56%.

2012    Agricultural Research Center-Hays finishes a new greenhouse. The research projects that will use the new greenhouse include wheat breeding, plant pathology, sorghum breeding, and entomology.

2012    August 1 - John Floros becomes the Dean and Director

2013    Agricultural Research Center-Hays hosts its 99th annual Beef Cattle Research Roundup







K-State Research and Extension Publications and Special Links:

We have online historical AES publications, and a few Extension publications, including the history of the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service, 1914-1989.


 Here is a link to the Cooperative Extension Historical publication that was done for the 75 year anniversary:


 A link that talks about the trains that went out, as well as photos of early car travel:



 This information was compiled by:

Steven M. Graham
Assistant to the Dean and Director
College of Agriculture
K-State Research and Extension
PH:  785-532-5728
Email: sgraham@k-state.edu

If you see changes/edits which need to be made or have questions, please contact Steven Graham.