Specialty Crop Survey

In the Great Plains, as well as the United States, a shift is occurring in the way food is produced, distributed, prepared, and valued by the public. In particular, specialty crops have been dramatically affected due to consumer-demand for locally grown produce. This has afforded the engagement of new growers and development of small local businesses surrounding food production. Although the developing reinvigoration of specialty crop production is exciting for both producers and consumers of local food, it presents a number of challenges due to the lack of recent production history in the region. Kansas and surrounding states are unique in that our lack of cropping history reduces our ability to develop ourselves professionally through partnerships with industry and governmental funding agencies.

The purpose of this survey is to investigate the economic impact of specialty crop growers in Kansas and their effect on the local food system. Through your participation, we will be able to use this information to advance beginning farmers training programs throughout the state, expand our understanding of specialty crop growers in Kansas, and provide best practices to be responsive to local growers’ needs. We hope to identify barriers that allow Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas State Research and Extension to be more responsive to grower and market needs, and you may use this data to better understand farms in your area as well.

Specialty Crop Survey

This survey is voluntary and you can stop the survey at any time. If you have a disability and are unable to complete the survey, but wish to participate, please contact Kellen Liebsch at (785) 564-6726 or Julie Roller at (785) 564-6755 to receive the survey over the telephone.