• Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact

    Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska established an agreement this week in the longstanding conflict over water from the Republican River basin, as the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions. Representatives from the three states have been meeting monthly for over two years, in an effort to change the approach and improve how they manage interstate water matters. This effort has created a new focus on transparency and certainty as all three states work to serve their water users. The intent of these resolutions is to replace the need for annual reviews and instead provide long-term surety to water users.
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  • KDA Encourages Youth Participation in New KJLS LEAD Challenge

    For more than 80 years, the Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) has been recognized as one of the premier youth livestock shows in the region. Part of ensuring the tradition continues is the development of young leaders who are not only equipped with the knowledge necessary to raise and show livestock but who are also able to confidently and accurately educate others and advocate for the industry.
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  • Summit on Agricultural Growth to Be Held August 30

    Leaders from across the state will focus on the future of agriculture this month as the Kansas Department of Agriculture will host the 2016 Kansas Governor’s Summit on Agricultural Growth on Tuesday, August 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Conference Center. Agriculture is the state’s largest industry, employer and economic contributor and plays a critical and strategic role in overall statewide economic growth.
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  • Governor Brownback Proclaims August as Farmers’ Market Month

    In recognition of the important role farmers’ markets play in Kansas communities, Governor Sam Brownback proclaimed August as Farmers’ Market Month in Kansas.
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  • KDA Seeks Participants for Statewide Survey of Specialty Crops

    The Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension are seeking specialty crop producers to participate in the Statewide Survey of Specialty Crop Production. A specialty crop is defined by the USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts and dried fruits, as well as horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
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Latest KDA News

  • KDA to Host Egg Grading Workshops

    May 11, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host three egg grading workshops in Kansas this June, to train the state’s poultry producers in egg grading and share other important poultry care information. Grading eggs provides additional market opportunities for poultry farmers. The workshops will take place in Hays, Lawrence and Wichita, but are available to all Kansas egg producers at no charge.
  • Big Blue River Compact Meeting to Be Held May 18

    May 06, 2016
    The 43rd annual meeting of the Kansas–Nebraska Big Blue River Compact Administration will be held in the Large Assembly room at the offices of the Manhattan Fire Department, located at 2000 Denison Ave., Manhattan, Kan., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in water related activities within the Big Blue and Little Blue River Basins in Kansas and Nebraska is encouraged to attend.
  • Flag Smut Survey to Be Conducted This Spring

    May 04, 2016
    Kansas wheat farmers should stay vigilant in scouting for wheat disease, especially flag smut, which was detected in Kansas in 2015 for the first time since the 1930s, although it was only found in low levels in a small portion of the wheat crop. The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), in coordination with the Kansas State University (KSU) Department of Plant Pathology, will be conducting a targeted flag smut survey throughout May and June in several counties within the state.