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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

Leading the way: Partnerships and Research

A line of people stand at the edge of a field, listening to a speaker whose back is to the camera

We know that our successes are only possible because of the strength of our partnerships. Whether that's our extension specialists working one-on-one with Kansas producers to safeguard water quality, or university scientists researching innovative conservation management practices, KCARE team members work to conserve the natural resources in our state while promoting the sustainable use of those resources.

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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