• 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

  • Agricultural Growth Summit Attended by Hundreds

    Sep 01, 2016
    Nearly 400 leaders representing a variety of agricultural interests across the state of Kansas came together on August 30 at the Kansas Governor’s Summit on Agricultural Growth. Part of the KDA vision is to provide an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. The Summit is a key step in this long-term initiative to identify strategic goals and objectives, which will now be developed based on the input gathered at the Summit.
  • Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska Reach Consensus on Republican River Compact

    Aug 29, 2016
    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.
  • Republican River Compact Administration to Meet August 24

    Aug 12, 2016
    The Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA) will hold its 56th annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. MST (2:30 p.m. CST) on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Burlington Community Center Conference Hall at 340 S. 14th St. in Burlington, Colo.