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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

1 North Washington
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645




We're here for you, as always

For almost as long as Kansas has existed, K-State Research and Extension has been here to help you and every other Kansan thrive.

In the middle of this current challenge, that mission remains unchanged. With offices in all 105 counties across Kansas, our promise has always been to provide relevant, science-based education and information to help you make decisions to maintain and improve your health, build and sustain businesses, grow your community, steward resources, feed the world, and raise the next generation of capable, responsible, thoughtful community leaders.

While we remain steadfast in our commitment to that mission, we have had to adapt how we deliver to you during this time of public distancing.

Kansas State University is on a limited-operation status. As of March 23, classes are being taught online, and most employees on campuses in Manhattan, Salina and Olathe have been working from home since well before Gov. Kelly’s statewide stay-at-home order.

In accordance with guidance from the university and the State of Kansas, here’s how K-State Research and Extension is responding:

  • All K-State Research and Extension face-to-face events are canceled through May 15.
  • As of March 31, at least one-half of county- and district-level K-State Research and Extension offices have closed their physical buildings.
  • Local extension agents are practicing social distancing, too, but continue to work during this time and are available by email or phone.
  • Outreach continues across the state via distance education tools, Facebook videos and Zoom sessions. To find out how to reach your local agents and participate in learning activities, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory. Email may be the quickest way to reach your local agent.
  • K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and other information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

No matter where you live in Kansas,
K-State Research and Extension is nearby – no matter the circumstances. We are a steady voice during trying times.
Together, we can do this and will emerge stronger than ever.

Information for business owners can be found on our Community Vitality page.

Information on what to do if you think you may have the virus, and how to prevent the spread of the virus can be found on our Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity page.

A "FAQ" list that is published by the KDHE, and updated regularly, is available here.

The Kansas State Treasurer, Jake LaTurner, announced a new tool they have launched to help parents and students find money to pay for educational opportunities after high school. Whether you have a student looking at tech school, vocational school, or a traditional college, the office is happy to announce that they have partnered with Sallie Mae to provide an exceptional way to access over 5-million scholarships worth over $24-billion quickly and easily on our new Kansas ScholarShop website.


They tested this platform at Washburn Rural High School in February, before schools were suspended for COVID-19, and the students and teachers had great success searching. The website is now ready to be used by students statewide.

The tool is simple and can be customized very specifically to the student's interests. We encourage you to give it a try!

Information from additional sources: 

Check this page regularly for more information.





Does your club, organization, or business need to have a virtual meeting?  We can help!  Here is information to get you started.

Southwind District needs 4 youth to serve as Summer Interns, working 20 hours per week to assist with programming and preparation for our county fairs.  A job description is available here; and the application is here.

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

While all face to face meetings and other events scheduled through May 16, 202 have been cancelled, there are many events that are live online, and recorded for later viewing.  Our Events page has them listed.


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