• Kansas Department of Agriculture Receives Specialty Crop Block Grant

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been awarded $283,597.28 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a program which serves to enhance opportunities for specialty crops. According to the USDA, specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.” KDA has selected several recipients to further utilize the funds through specific projects.
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  • Celebrate Kansas FFA by Watching the 89th National FFA Convention

    More than 65,000 FFA members, alumni and guests are gathered in Indianapolis, Ind., for the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo, which runs through October 22. Kansas FFA members join their peers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to live out the year’s motto “Transform Purpose to Action.” Kansans are encouraged to virtually join the opening convention session beginning Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. CDT, www.ffa.org/convention.
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  • KDA Welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

    The American Royal Association’s World Series of Barbecue is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place in Kansas for the first time in its history. The Kansas Department of Agriculture is proud to welcome the annual barbeque competition to the state, and encourages Kansans to attend this unique event.
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  • Agriculture Workforce Survey Results Complete

    A lack of a skilled agricultural workforce is a top inhibitor of growth and expansion for many Kansas agriculture businesses. To help support growth in agriculture, the Kansas Department of Agriculture seeks to help the industry better understand the workforce needs among agricultural employers in the state. In an effort to link the supply of human capital to the needs of Kansas agribusiness enterprises, KDA conducted the first Kansas Agriculture Workforce Needs Assessment Survey in 2016, assisted by the Agricultural Land Use Survey Center at Kansas State University.
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  • Kansas Breeders Promote Beef Genetics Abroad

    In September 2016, a Kansas beef producer took his first steps across international borders to take part in an agricultural trade mission to Uruguay. With the goal of exploring opportunities for U.S. and Kansas beef genetics abroad, Jason Pratt of Dwight, Kan., was interested in learning more. “I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Pratt. “You read publications, magazines and online articles, making you believe you have a picture of what international agriculture looks like, but it’s really hard to grasp until you see it in person.”
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Latest KDA News

  • Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program Accepting Applications

    Sep 19, 2016
    The 2016 Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program is currently accepting applications from high school seniors or college freshmen who are passionate about agriculture and are interested in representing Kansas in a week-long exchange program in December 2016.
  • Agriculture Marketing and Promotions Advisory Board to Meet Sept. 15

    Sep 09, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Marketing and Promotions Advisory Board will meet in Hutchinson during the Kansas State Fair. The meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. and will adjourn by 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in Dillon Hall in the Encampment Building on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.
  • Kansas Reaches Water Rights Agreement With Kickapoo Tribe

    Sep 09, 2016
    The State of Kansas and the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas have settled a dispute over water rights, laying the groundwork to end a lawsuit that has been pending for a decade. Representatives of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, members of the Kickapoo Tribe and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt commemorated the agreement in a ceremony this morning at the Kickapoo Tribal Government Center near Horton.