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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Leading the way: Partnerships and Research

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It was a full house for the Flickner Innovation Farm's Winter Meeting! Farmers, local business owners, industry representatives, extension agents, conservation districts, and more were in the crowd to learn about current projects at the Flickner Innovation Farm. During the day's program, participants were able to interact with K-State researchers, NASA's representative from its Applied Sciences Division, and a scientist from the Kansas Geological Survey. If you weren't able to join us, head over to the Flickner Innovation Farm page to take a look at some of the presentations!


Kansas State University hosted the October 29 episode of the U.S. Farm Report's College Road Show. KCARE is proud to be a part of this episode, with a segment spotlighting our Extension Watershed Specialists' work with farmers and ranchers to safeguard water quality across the state. We suggest watching the whole program (Go, 'Cats!), but you can check out inteviews from Extension Watershed Specialist Will Boyer and KCARE Director Susan Metzger, starting at 36:16.

Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI)

The KWRI FY 2020 newsletter cover. In the upper right hand corner, there is a photo of a woman in jeans, kneeling by the side of a stream, wearing safety glasses and holding a water testing jar in front of her. Behind this photo is a blue sky reflected in a calm river. The contents of the newsletter are described.The Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water planning process.  It is also designed to facilitate effective communication between water resources professionals and to foster the dissemination and application of research results.

KWRI is funded by a combination of federal funds through the U.S. Geological Survey and non-federal funds from state and other sources.  It is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).  NIWR provides a national platform for research, training and collaboration. 

Putting our natural resources to work ... but better

Three men in blue jeans, two standing on ladders and the third balanced on a cross beam, hold a large metal solar panel parallel to the ground.KCARE's mission has always been to balance the use of our state's natural resources with the protection of those resources. To that end, our specialists and other researchers are always looking for better, more sustainable solutions to everyday issues. Like this solar-powered pump, for example! Head over to our Watershed Research and Implementation Partnership page to learn more about other projects like this one.

Partner with us

Kansas State University established KCARE in order to coordinate and enhance the research, extension, and teaching activities that focus on environmental issues relating to agriculture. KCARE supports research spanning multiple departments and disciplines: soil science, smoke management, cropping systems, water quality and irrigation, fertilizer research, and climate studies.

purple KCARE logoIt is our privilege and pleasure to work with research and extension faculty, students, and members of our community to explore new ways to create quality solutions for the environmental issues our state faces now and into the future. Through our partnerships, we are helping Kansas agriculture remain successful and sustainable.

Copies of the KCARE logo are available for interested stakeholders. Possible uses include as a link to the KCARE website on personal or departmental webpages, or on brochures or handouts including KCARE-supported research. Contact KCARE for more information.


Contact Us

Kansas Center for Agricultural
Resources and the Environment
Susan Metzger, Ph.D., Director
144 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-4008



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The 2023 Hays Water Poster Contest is on! Sponsored by KSU Watersheds and the City of Hays, this competition lets the creativity flow by awarding artists who are able to best capture this year's theme "Use Your Water Smarts."

Competition rules and information are found on the Big Creek/Little Smoky Hill Watersheds page.