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Northwest Research-Extension Center

About Us

The Northwest Region has 29 counties, some of which are joined into districts. Currently, the Northwest region has 7 districts that contain 22 counties. There are 9 faculty located at Colby. Faculty expertise is complemented by 10 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.

Our Mission

"We are dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families and youth through integrated research, analysis and extension."

Our Vision. . .

K-State Research and Extension is committed to expanding human capacity by delivering educational programs and technical information that result in improved leadership skills in the areas of communication, group dynamics, conflict resolution, issue analysis, and strategic planning that can enhance the economic viability and quality of life in communities.

K-State Research and Extension

Short for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, K-State Research and Extension employs approximately 300 research scientists, 180 faculty specialists and program leaders, 270 county and area specialists, and 400 support staff in 23 departments from five different colleges. Personnel are located at the main campus, in 105 county offices, four regional extension offices, five research centers, four agronomy experiment fields, and five horticulture centers (statewide locations). These units are located strategically throughout the state to enhance contact with the people of Kansas, extend local services to clientele beyond the main campus, and encompass the diversity in climate, soils, and communities.

Dept Head

Brian Olson, Dept Head

Brian Olson
Department Head
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, Kansas 67601-9228
Phone: 785-625-3425