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Feb 12, 2018

The United States Extension Service was established in 1914 by the Smith Lever Act to work with land-grant universities. The idea was to apply research and provide education in agriculture. However, that role has continued to evolve and expand. In 1914, more than 50% of the population lived in rural areas, and 30% of the workforce was engaged in farming. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that those numbers have dropped to less than 2% of the population being directly employed in agriculture. The Extension Service still plays a major role in agriculture but it has also expanded its programming and services to meet the needs of those living in rural, urban and suburban parts of the country.

Guest: Dr. Gregg Hadley, associate director for Extension at Kansas State University.

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K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.