Local Food and Farm Task Force

The local food and farm task force prepares a local food and farm containing policy and funding recommendations for expanding and supporting local food systems. Assessing and overcoming obstacles necessary to increase locally grown food production is an objective for the task force. The task force chairperson submits a plan to the senate and house committees on agriculture and natural resources at the beginning of the 2017 regular session of the legislature. The plan includes:
  • Identification of financial opportunities, technical support and training necessary for local and specialty crop production;
  • Identification of strategies and funding needs to make fresh and affordable locally grown foods more accessible;
  • Identification of factors affecting affordability and profitability of locally grown foods;
  • Identification of existing local food infrastructures for processing, storing and distributing food and recommendations for potential expansion; and
  • Strategies for encouragement of farmers' markets, roadside markets and local grocery stores in unserved and underserved areas.

  

The Local Food and Farm Task Force Report to the Kansas Legislature

Previous Minutes

Task Force Members

Ron Brown
Chairperson
Governor's Appointment
1269 Birch Road
Fort Scott, KS 66701
randbproduce@Hotmail.com
Mr. Cary L. Rivard 
KSU Dean of Agriculture Appointment
35230 W. 135th St.
Olathe, KS 66061
crivard@ksu.edu
Representative Adam Lusker
Chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
452 S. 210 St. 
Frontenac, KS 66763
Adam.lusker@house.ks.gov


David Coltrain
Governor's Appointment
2902 Terrace Place
Garden City, KS 67846
Coltrain@ksu.edu


Annarose (Hart) White
Department of Agriculture Appointment
210 E. 7th Street
Wellington, KS 67152
 annarosehartwhite@gmail.com
 


Loren Swenson 
Governor's Appointment
2168 North 140th Rd.
Concordia, KS 66901
Lorensw47@gmail.com


Senator Dan Kerschen
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Appointment 
645 S. 263 W. 
Garden Plain, KS 67050
Dan.kerschen@senate.ks.gov