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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)

KCARE's Mission

Agriculture is interwoven through nearly every aspect of life in the state of Kansas. Drive down any highway, and you’ll see farms or ranchland: after all, nearly 90 percent of all the land in the state is agricultural. Most of this acreage is family farms and ranches, with traditions stretching back through the generations. But the future of farming is changing, whether it’s tilling techniques, water management, or the weather. With this in mind, the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE) has a mission to develop and deliver knowledge that helps Kansans balance the utilization of our state’s natural resources with the protection of those resources.

Kansas State University established KCARE to coordinate and enhance research, extension, and teaching activities pertaining to environmental issues related to agriculture. Our projects examine water management issues, water quality, prairie ecosystem maintenance, fertilizer research, and the effects of climate change on beef cattle production in the Southern Great Plains.

KCARE forges partnerships between K-State scientists and other research institutions to create quality solutions for the environmental issues our state faces now and into the future. Our projects examine current issues and create new innovations to offset the changing landscape; together, we can help Kansas agriculture remain successful and sustainable.

“Water is very dynamic and continues to amaze and surprise me and changes daily as we’ve seen with all the storms this spring/summer in the watersheds. It is something we’ve all taken for granted at one time or another, but it is truly a natural resource  we should appreciate and be thankful for daily. My hope is that as a Watershed Specialist, I am able to provide a mechanism to encourage change in the landscape with the installation of more best management practices, daily habit change and just a greater education and awareness of water quality and how everyone can do their part to protect it.”

– Stacie Minson, Watershed Specialist