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Southwind District

Welcome to Southwind District!  

We're making a difference in your life.

In Southwind District, we want to learn more about the challenges that the residents of Allen, Bourbon, Neosho, and Woodson Counties are facing, and help address those challenges.  We provide education that you can trust to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. 

All of us lead busy lives and have many questions.  Finding the right answers can be hard.  Misinformation is out there, and accessible at our fingertips.  Your resource for the answers is K-State Research and Extension.

Extension programs present useful information related to agriculture, home economics, youth development, family life, healthy living, livestock, and much more.  We take programs to schools, gardens, community centers, farmers markets, downtown events, and other places.  Our online resources offer you a way to quickly access and explore the broad variety of information and educational programs available.  Connect with us when you need to make decisions that affect your family, community, business or farm. 

With 131 years of research and 104 years of extension, K-State Research and Extension has been improving the quality of life and standard of living for Kansans for a century. This integrated system connects the university to every county through locally based educators who serve as sources of objective information.

Agronomy and Horticulture

Information and education for the agricultural community to grow the economic base of Kansas Agriculture.

  • Soil testing for crops and gardens
  • Farm economics education
  • Crop variety test plots
  • Fertilizer recommendations
  • Insect and plant disease diagnosis
  • Private pesticide applicator

Family and Consumer Sciences

Information and education throughout the lifetime to build strong relationships, families, and communities.

  • Nutrition education
  • Food preservation (canning, freezing, drying)
  • Cooking workshops
  • Medicare counseling
  • Health insurance education
  • Family budgeting
  • Emergency preparedness

 4-H and Youth Development

Empowering youth to reach their full potential by working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • Community clubs
  • School enrichment
  • SPIN (SPecial INterest) clubs
  • Summer and day camps
  • County and state fairs

Livestock Production

Information and education for the livestock community to grow the economic base of Kansas livestock.

  • Forage and livestock water testing
  • Ration development and nutrition
  • Range management
  • Livestock selection
  • Land purchasing and rental rate information
  • Livestock management assistance

Our mission continues by providing you practical, research-based information through quality educational programs.





Southwind Extension District is hiring!

A Social Media & Program Marketing Coordinator/Office Professional is needed for our Erie office.  You'll be the first point of contact for any customers visiting or contacting our offices.  Duties will include Customer Service, Clerical responsibilities, and Marketing via various social media platforms.  A complete job description can be found here; and a job application is available here.  A cover letter and resume’ should be submitted with the application.  You may drop these off at the Erie office at 111 S. Butler, or mail them to Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District Director, 1 N. Washington, Iola, KS  66749.

Here's what's happening in the Southwind Extension District - Just click on "Southwind Events" in the left column for all of the details.

Marketplace Open Enrollment Nov. 1 - Dec. 15

Call Joy Miller: 620-223-3720 or email joymiller@ksu.edu with questions or to set an appointment


Cattle, Coffee, and Conversation Series

December 13th, 20th, and January 10 in Fort Scott