Business Development

The business development team works to grow the Kansas agriculture industry and economy.  The team works with any farmer, rancher, or agribusiness that wants to expand in size or product offerings.  The team works to attract farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses to Kansas to conduct business; whether with a complete relocation or expansion of an additional location. The business development team connects people, works through regulatory requirements, navigates support and incentive options for interested parties, and creates business plans which promote and benefit Kansas agribusinesses.

Additionally, the team works to promote Kansas agricultural products around the world.  The team coordinates 10-to-15 international export trade missions with Kansas producers each year. The team also hosts numerous international delegations in Kansas in which visitors are introduced to Kansas agriculture and influenced to buy and invest in Kansas agriculture products.

The team brings a wide range of agricultural experience to the table that makes us well suited for working with private industry.  Experience includes: livestock production, processing, and meat marketing, grain production, storage, and processing, farmers’ market sales and promotion, banking, finance, and budgeting, along with work force preparation, management, and leadership.  The team looks forward to putting their skills to work for Kansas agriculture every day.

2017 Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host six regional agribusiness development workshops in early 2017. Mark these dates on your calendar, as the workshops will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources, current business development opportunities, and organizational contacts to assist with start-ups or expansions.

The KDA Division of Agriculture Marketing received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant to help fund these statewide workshops. All workshops will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided.

Dates and locations of the 2017 workshops include:

  • Jan. 19             Russell
  • Feb. 2              Emporia
  • Feb. 9              Winfield
  • Feb. 16            Liberal
  • Feb. 23            Norton
  • March 2           Hutchinson

Featured speakers at the workshops will represent KDA, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, USDA Rural Development, Network Kansas, Small Business Development Center, local Chambers of Commerce, Main Street economic development and E-Community organizations.

To RSVP for a workshop: email with your name and workshop location.
For additional information: Lynne Hinrichsen, KDA agribusiness development director,

Sunflower Supreme Heifer Program

The Sunflower Supreme Replacement Heifer Program is a joint effort between K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to provide research-based best management protocols for beef cattle producers.  This program is for Kansas producers who want to improve their management techniques and marketability of heifers. For more information, visit

Growing Kansas Agriculture - Industry Success Story

In 2014, Debbie Bass decided to leave her small dairy operation in Pennsylvania and relocate to Kansas to be closer to family. Her business, Debbie’s Cheeseboard, sourced its milk in Pennsylvania from small local dairies. Bass knew she wanted to continue her business in Kansas and reached out the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Development Team for their assistance.

Upon her arrival, Bass needed to find a new location for her small dairy plant, find a new milk supply and learn about Kansas’ dairy licensing requirements. The KDA Agribusiness Development Team worked to help Debbie identify a milk supplier and connected her with the state’s dairy inspection program. Bass’ business is somewhat unconventional, as she operates her dairy plant in her garage, which made her licensing requirements unique.

“Considering that I was attempting to function in a new state, the KDA team has lead me in all the right directions with their answers to my many questions,” says Bass. “Billy Brown, in particular, was most helpful giving me information about milk sources and Kansas Department of Agriculture requirements, as well as contact people to call.”

“I have the utmost respect for the people at the KDA, their assistance and their professional support,” said Bass.

Today, Debbie’s Cheeseboard continues its success in Kansas. She manufactures cheese for Hildebrand Farms Dairy and Jefferson Hill Winery.  Bass’ cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and butter can also be found at the Leavenworth Farmers’ Market.