Grant Opportunities

Specialty Crop Block Grant

 

Since 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made available grants to state departments of agriculture solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. The current funding for the program was established in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill,) which authorized the USDA to provide grants to states for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. This program was renewed in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Each state that submits an application that is reviewed and approved by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is to receive at least an amount that is equal to the higher of $100,000, or 1/3 of 1 percent of the total amount of funding made available for that fiscal year. In addition, AMS will allocate the remainder of the grant funds based on the value of specialty crop production in each state in relation to the national value of specialty crop production using the latest available cash receipt data.

Kansas will receive $307,847 for fiscal year 2015. As the specialty crop industry in Kansas has grown, and the USDA has placed a stronger emphasis on the industry, grant awards to Kansas have increased accordingly. In fiscal years 2007 and 2008, Kansas received $102,000. In fiscal year 2013, Kansas received $258,363 and $239,566 for fiscal year 2014.

Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.  Grant funds will not be awarded for projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.  Single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.

Applicants must be a legal entity and have the legal capacity to contract.

Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops, including floriculture.  Projects are required to “enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops,” per the USDA’s guidelines. Projects of particular interest to the Kansas Department of Agriculture are those that explore economic development and education, as related to the Kansas specialty crop industry.  For more information about the specialty crop block grant program, including a current list of eligible crops, visit USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service 

For additional information on this program, contact Josh Roe.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Application Packet and Information

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Funds for the program are awarded to the agency by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The funds are in turn granted to projects and organizations that promote the competitiveness of specialty crops.

2014 Request for Application
2014 Application Cover Sheet

Specialty Crop Block Grant Recipients

  • 2013 Recipients

  • 2012 Recipients

  • 2010 Recipients

  • 2009 Recipients

  • 2008 Recipients

  • 2007 Recipients

Organic Cost Share Program

NOTE TO PRODUCERS: This program was funded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill,) which expired on Sept. 30, 2012. At this time, the future of this program is unknown. Please check this page again for the latest information on future funding opportunities.)

The Kansas Department of Agriculture receives funds from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service to help Kansas producers and handlers pay for organic certification or recertification.  Under the state’s agreement with USDA, producers and handlers are eligible for up to 75 percent of the cost of their organic certification up to $750, for certification occurring between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012, as long as funds remain.

To receive cost-share funds, complete the 2011-2012 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Application[GS1]  and submit it along with a copy of the organic certification document and an invoice showing the amount paid for that certification.

Questions about cost-share funds for organic certification may be directed to Mark Heim at (785) 296-3230.

Certified Organic Foods in Kansas

  • Certified Organic Foods

    North Star Ransch
    Stan Applegate
    Rt 1
    Norcatur, KS 67653
    (785) 877-2580(785) 877-2580
    wheat and alfalfa

    Bartel Farm

    Herb Bartel
    1220 220th
    Hillsboro, KS 67063-8014
    (620) 947-5758(620) 947-5758
    patb@tabor.edu

    Akers Three Farm

    Sharon Bean
    Rt 1 Box 30
    Beloit, KS 67420
    (785) 738-9592(785) 738-9592
    akersthreefarm@kans.com

    Kearney County Organic First

    Wade Berlier
    PO Box 521
    Lakin, KS 67860
    (620) 272-6017(620) 272-6017
    corn, wheat and sunflowers

    Jason Berning Farm
    Jason Berning
    500 N Wichita Scott Road
    Marienthal, KS 67863
    (620) 872-3952(620) 872-3952
    bern@wbsnet.org

    Berning Organics Inc
    Jerome Berning
    Berning Blue Grains
    RR 1 Box 2E
    Marienthal, KS 67863
    (620) 379-4682(620) 379-4682
    bernblue@yahoo.com
    corn wheat, barley, soybeans and sunflowers

    Boller Farms
    Rick Boller
    RR 2 Box 47
    Lebanon, KS 66952
    (785) 389-1012(785) 389-1012

    Roger Bradford

    1631 3400 St
    Moran, KS 66755
    (620) 496-6336(620) 496-6336
    food grade soybeans

    Harmony Farms

    Doyle & Kay Brown
    HC1 Box 12
    Jennings, KS 67643
    (785) 678-2343(785) 678-2343
    dkfarms@ruraltel.net

    Campbell Farm
    Duane Campbell
    14899 SW Florida Road
    Colony, KS 66015
    (620) 380-1359(620) 380-1359

    Conways Organic Produce

    Paul Conway
    25476 183rd St
    Leavenworth, KS 66048
    (913) 727-6121(913) 727-6121
    conway&conway@aol.com

    Decker Bros

    Galen Decker
    8971 W. Road 270
    Scott City, KS 67871
    (620) 872-2729(620) 872-2729
    wheat, millet, soybeans, oats and corn

    Larry Decker

    RR 3
    Scott City, KS 67871-9803

    Heartland Mill Inc

    Garen Nightengale
    124 N. HWY 167
    Marienthal, KS 67863
    (620) 379-4472(620) 379-4472
    gnightengale@heartlandmill.com
    organic processor/whole grains, flour and oats

    Kansas Organic Producers

    Jennifer Drey
    349 Arrowhead Road
    Bremen, KS 66412
    (785) 767-4411(785) 767-4411

    Lynn Edelman Farm
    Lynn Edelman
    2572 R Rd
    Sabetha, KS 66534
    (785) 284-2916(785) 284-2916

    The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning

    Brody Wellman
    3100 N Hillside Avenue
    Wichita, KS 67219
    (316) 682-3100(316) 682-3100
    brodywellman@gmail.com
    vegetables and herbs

    John Falk
    144 205th Road
    Leona, KS 66532
    (785) 359-6539(785) 359-6539

    Leroy Fuhrman
    1631 3400 St
    Moran, KS 66755
    (620) 237-4509(620) 237-4509
    beans

    Alba Ranch
    Jake Geiger
    2015 Raccoon Road
    Robinson, KS 66532
    (785) 544-6860(785) 544-6860
    Fields crops, cattle and horses/equine production

    Bart Hall

    333 Michigan Street
    Lawrence, KS 66044

    Hartter Feed & Seed

    David Hartter
    903 Oregon Street
    Sabetha, KS 66534
    (785) 284-2220(785) 284-2220

    Heiens Farm

    David E. Heiens
    2481 Game Road
    Abilene, KS 67410
    (785) 263-0223(785) 263-0223
    cattle, hogs, milo, wheat, alfalfa and soya beans

    B&H Farm
    Michael Hilton
    21325 E 2100 Road
    LaCygne, KS 66040
    (913) 757-4794(913) 757-4794
    conrad@peoplestelecom.net

    Kiowa Locker System
    Rick Hitchcock
    128 S 6th
    Kiowa, KS 67070
    (620) 825-4538(620) 825-4538
    rickh45@yahoo.com
    beef

    Ibbetson Brothers

    David Ibbetson
    1275 70th Road
    Yates Center, KS 66783
    (620) 625-2402(620) 625-2402
    David@yatescenterks.net
    milo, wheat, beans and cattle

    John Jacobson Farm
    John A Jacobson
    1660 120th St
    Horton, KS 66439
    (785) 547-3557(785) 547-3557

    Kansas State University

    Rhonda Janke
    2021 Throckmorton
    Manhattan, KS 66506

    Maurice E Johnson
    805 Arcade Avenue
    Goodland, KS 67735
    (785) 890-2910(785) 890-2910
    mejohnss@hotmail.com

    Keating Farms
    Jim & Sue Keating
    1765 K 18
    Bennington, KS 67422
    (785) 488-2161(785) 488-2161
    keatingfarms@twinvalley.net
    wheat, milo, soybeans, alfalfa, black beans and pinto beans

    Mto sa qua farm

    Jackie Keller
    2222 SW Glick Rd
    Topeka, KS 66614
    (785) 633-4621(785) 633-4621
    keller7@hotmail.com
    alfalfa hay

    Full Circle Farm
    Katherine Kelly
    PO Box 6043
    Kansas City, KS 66106
    (913) 515-2426(913) 515-2426
    fullcirclefarm@msn.com

    Robert Klie
    HCI Box 41
    St. Francis, KS 67756
    (785) 332-2417(785) 332-2417
    rjklie@ruraltel.net
    wheat, corn, hay, oats, barley and pasture

    Liberty Farms
    Dale Koehn
    Rt 1 Box 92A
    Marienthal, KS 67863
    (620) 375-4513(620) 375-4513

    Landon Koehn

    Rt 1 Box 84
    Leoti, KS 67861
    (620) 375-2050(620) 375-2050

    K Farms Inc

    Lennis Koehn
    Rt 1 Box 29
    Leoti, KS 67861
    (620) 375-4844(620) 375-4844

    Mervin Koehn
    RR 1 Box 38
    Leoti, KS 67861
    (620) 375-4640(620) 375-4640

    Alan Krenzel Farms Inc

    Alan Krenzel
    Rt 2 Box 182
    Leoti, KS 67861
    (620) 375-4898(620) 375-4898
    ask@wbsnet.org
    wheat, milo, millet and beans

    Roger Kuntz
    5251 County Road X
    Grainfield, KS 67737-6023
    (785) 673-5566(785) 673-5566

    Elmer Lehman Farms

    Elmer Lehmann
    494 Underwood Road SE
    LeRoy, KS 66857-9403
    (620) 964-2576(620) 964-2576
    ellehma@terraworld.net
    milo, soybeans, oats and red clover

    Lewis Ag Products Trust

    Phillip Lewis
    6820 30th Road
    Thayer, KS 66776
    (620) 839-5279(620) 839-5279
    soybeans, wheat and milo

    Glen Linck
    RR1 Box 12
    2464 130th
    Huron, KS 66041-9717

    J. Ray Little
    1450 W 660 Avenue
    Walnut, KS 66780
    (620) 354-6468(620) 354-6468
    soybeans

    Hoyland Farm

    Bob Lominska
    1954 Union Road
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    (785) 842-5697(785) 842-5697
    rlominska@aol.com
    vegetables, rhubarb and fruit

    Wakarusa Valley Farm
    Mark Lumpe
    965 E 1000 Road
    Lawrence, KS 66047-9407
    (785) 749-4241(785) 749-4241
    wakarusafarm@yahoo.com
    vegetables

    Industrial Enterprises

    Dennis Lutgen
    1221 N. Independence
    P.O. Box 504
    Beloit, KS 67420
    (785) 738-2422(785) 738-2422
    dennis@gostarseed.com
    seed

    Central Soyfoods LLC

    Willie Mackie
    710 E 22nd St Suite C
    Lawrence, KS 66046
    (785) 312-8638(785) 312-8638
    soyfoods, tofu, tempeh and soymilk

    Kansas State University

    Chuck Marr
    2021 Throckmorton
    Manhattan, KS 66506

    Grandma Hoerner's Foods Inc

    Duane McCoy
    30252 Thompson Rd
    Alma, KS 66401
    (785) 765-2300(785) 765-2300
    hoerner@kansas.net
    organic preserves

    Dean Miller
    PO Box 140614
    Irving, Texas 75014

    2M Farm

    Peggy Miller
    13126 Dragoon Creek Road
    Harveyville, KS 66431
    (785) 589-2565(785) 589-2565
    hard red winter wheat, native grass hay, alfalfa hay, red clover hay, soybeans, yellow corn, barley, sorghum, pasture, beef cattle, calves, cows and bulls

    Miller Farms
    Samuel L Miller
    15973 NW 1600 Road
    Garnett, KS 66032
    (785) 448-7177(785) 448-7177
    soybeans, alfalfa and wheat

    Central Soyfoods
    Susan Millstein
    710 E 22nd St C
    Lawrence, KS 66046
    (785) 312-8638(785) 312-8638

    Mog Farm
    Craig Mog
    256 Avenue M
    Holyrood, KS 67450
    (785) 252-3605(785) 252-3605
    cdmog@hotmail.com

    Dan Nagengast

    966 E 800 Road
    Lawrence, KS 66047

    Nightengale Bros James and Charles

    Charles Nightengale
    12261 N Beaver Road
    Scott City, KS 67871
    (620) 872-3056(620) 872-3056

    Mark Nightengale
    Rt 1 Box 2
    Marienthal, KS 67863

    Chestnut Charlie's

    Charles NovoGradac
    PO Box 1166
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    (785) 841-8505(785) 841-8505
    nuts2sell@aol.com
    tree nuts, chestnuts, pecans and Christmas trees

    Spring Creek Ranch
    Norm Oeding
    PO Box 121
    Kingman, KS 67068-0121
    (620) 532-2039(620) 532-2039
    normo@terraworld.net
    milo,wheat, peas and beans

    Pancake Farms

    Delmer & Jonathan Pancake
    RR 1 Box 83
    Atwood, KS 67730
    (785) 626-92(785) 626-9280
    bluetick@ruraltel.net

    Parks Farm
    Darrell Parks
    1001 E 26th Ave
    Manhattan, KS 66502
    (785) 539-1930(785) 539-1930
    dsparks@interkan.net
    wheat, corn, milo, alfalfa, red clover, soybeans and oats

    San Purvis Farms

    Stan Purvis
    985 Road 56
    Goodland, KS 67735
    (785) 899-5083(785) 899-5083
    purvisb@st-tel.net

    Soaring Eagle Farms
    Lee Quaintance
    20900 Edgerton Road
    Edgerton, KS 66021
    (913) 893-6797(913) 893-6797
    soaringeaglefarms@juno.com
    white and red wheat, spelt, red clover seed, tofu beans, natto beans, black turtle beans, black eye peas and buckwheat

    Reznicek Farm
    Edward Reznicek
    Rt 2 Box 23
    Goff, KS 66428
    (785) 939-2032(785) 939-2032
    amerugi@jhntelco.com
    corn, soybeans, field peas, barley, hay and beef cattle

    Pure Prairie Organic Farm

    Jim Rowh
    108 E Washington
    Norton, KS 67654
    (785) 877-3610(785) 877-3610
    pureprairie@hotmail.com
    wheat, winter squash, melons and tomatoes

    Little Patch Farm
    Joel Shaw
    Rt 1 Box 56
    Oberlin, KS 67749
    (785) 678-2409(785) 678-2409
    wheat

    Jack Siemens
    9711 N Worthington Road
    Inman, KS 67546
    (620) 200-2313(620) 200-2313
    wheat, soybeans and filed peas

    Stephens Farm
    Rosalia Stephens
    HC1 Box 19
    Jennings, KS 67643
    (620) 678-2474(620) 678-2474
    sfarms@ruraltel.net
    alfalfa, beef cattle, bison cane, hogs, poultry, clover, wheat, milo and corn

    Daryl Stroves
    2000 Kimball Avenue
    Manhattan, KS 66502

    Tangeman Farm

    Phillip Tangeman
    520 80th Road
    Centralia, KS 66415-8019
    (785) 857-3512(785) 857-3512
    toby@bluevalley.net
    wheat, soybeans and corn

    Donn Teske Farm

    Donn Teske
    17925 Goldenbelt Road
    Wheaton, KS 66521
    (785) 396-4542(785) 396-4542
    dteske@bluevalley.net
    red clover hay, red clover seed, soybeans and hard red winter wheat

    Windwalker Farm
    Joan Vibert
    1981 Indiana Road
    Ottawa, KS 66067
    (785) 746-8885(785) 746-8885
    joan@windwalker-farm.com
    fruits & vegetables

    JMP Ranch

    RJ & Sharon Vogelsberg
    1237 11th Road
    Marysville, KS 66508
    (785) 562-5563(785) 562-5563
    jmpranch@oz-online.net

    Bird Hill Enterprises
    Joe Vogelsberg
    1711 Navajo Road
    Home, KS 66438
    (785) 799-3729(785) 799-3729
    corn, beans, wheat, oats, hay, cattle, hogs and chicken

    Vogelsburg Farm

    Tom Vogelsberg
    913 N 8th Street
    Marysville, KS 66508-1201
    (785) 562-2950(785) 562-2950

    VB Farms LLC for Welch Bros.

    Nancy Vogelsberg-Busch
    896 15th Road
    Home, KS 66438
    (785) 799-3737(785) 799-3737
    nancyvb@bluevalley.net
    cattle, oats and hay

    Community Mercantile Co-op

    Jeanie Wells
    901 Iowa
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    (785) 843-8544(785) 843-8544
    gm@themerc.coop

    Wesseler Farm

    David and Delmar Wesseler
    PO Box 19
    Lorraine, KS 67459-0019
    (785) 472-3362(785) 472-3362
    wesseler@direcpc.com

    Pines Int.

    Gordon Wilbur
    1992 E 1400 Rd
    Lawrence, KS 66044
    (785) 841-6016(785) 841-6016

    Ervin Williams Farm

    Ervin Williams
    2890 Evergreen Road
    Wallace, KS 67761

    Thayer Feed LLC

    101 E. Neosho
    Thayer, KS. 66776
    620-839-5256620-839-5256
    620-839-5410 (Fax)
    thayerfeed@gmail.com
    organic feed for animals

    Thayer Seed LLC

    PO Box 117
    Thayer, KS 66776
    620-839-5256620-839-5256
    620-839-5410 (Fax)
    thayerfeed@gmail.com
    soybeans, wheat, corn, milo, flax meal, peas, oats, roasted soybeans and others