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Northwest Research-Extension Center




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The Northwest Research-Extension Center, located in Colby, Kansas, is a unit of K-State Research and Extension.

Western Kansas Agricultural Research Report

A summary of the research conducted at the western Kansas research stations, including Hays, Garden City, Tribune, and Colby can be found in the 2022 Western Kansas Agricultural Research Report .
K-State Research and Extension is a partnership between Kansas State University and federal, state, and county governments. K-State Research and Extension is working to address five grand challenges facing Kansas including global food systems, water, health, developing tomorrow’s leaders, and community vitality. Scientists and extension specialists at the Northwest Research-Extension Center discover new knowledge and work with their local communities to solve current issues related to the grand challenges.

Service Area

The programs and services of the Northwest Research-Extension Center are focused on counties in the northwest and north central portions of Kansas. These include: Barton, Cheyenne, Ellis, EllsworthDecaturGrahamGove
Trego, and Wallace.

Human Resources

There are 7 faculty located at Colby. Faculty expertise is complemented by 9 full-time support staff including clerical, maintenance, and crop technician classifications. Student workers are hired for the summer field season.  To learn more, please visit our faculty and staff  page.

Facilities / Land Resources

The research facilities at Colby includes 23 buildings. Both dryland and irrigated 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 Colby Branch of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station was established in 1914 with the purchase of 314 acres plus improvements located adjacent to the southwest corner of the City of Colby. Later, the research land base was expanded to 727 acres. In 1987, the station was given its current name, Northwest Research-Extension Center, when the Northwest Area Extension office was moved onto the station.


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How does K-State Research and Extension make a difference in your life?

We continue to focus on addressing the five grand challenges: global food systems, water, health, developing tomorrow's leaders, and community vitality. Please explore this website for information

Grand Challenge


To assist in addressing one of the Five Grand Challenges, Health, feel free to use this informative county health ranking link which provides valuable county data to assist in planning and developing effective programming for our FCS and other Agents. 

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