Kansas Department of Agriculture News Releases

  • KDA Seeks Participants for Beef Genetics Trade Missions

    May 26, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking individuals to participate on agricultural trade missions to Argentina and Uruguay. Tentatively, the Argentina mission will take place July 25-31, 2016, and the Uruguay mission Sept.12-18, 2016. The goal of these missions is to provide an opportunity for Kansas purebred beef cattle producers and allied industry to continue developing relationships with livestock producers in Argentina and Uruguay in an effort to increase market opportunities for U.S. and Kansas beef genetics.
  • Kansas Leopold Conservation Award Program Seeks Nominees

    May 18, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to endorse the Kansas Leopold Conservation Award to recognize conservation of natural resources, and the agency encourages Kansans to submit nominations for the award. Sand County Foundation, the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas are accepting applications until May 29 for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award. The $10,000 award honors Kansas farmers, ranchers and other private landowners who voluntarily demonstrate outstanding stewardship and management of natural resources.
  • KDA Advises Wheat Growers to Monitor Fungicide Applications

    May 13, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide and Fertilizer program works to help the Kansas agricultural community to manage appropriate use of products which control pests or enhance plant growth. Kansas wheat growers rely upon fungicide with tebuconazole as the active ingredient in their efforts to resist head blight and various rust diseases. It is critical for growers to monitor the directed spray solution per acre requirement (4 oz. per 5 gal. of water per acre), as improper application can result in less head coverage than is necessary for effective disease control.
  • 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.
  • May is Proclaimed Kansas Beef Month

    May 03, 2016
    The month of May has been declared Kansas Beef Month, according to a proclamation signed by Governor Sam Brownback. Kansas is home to some of the highest quality cattle in the United States, and the state’s ranches and feedyards play a key role in the state’s agricultural success.
  • Kansas State Board of Agriculture to Meet May 16

    May 02, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Board of Agriculture will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2016, in Council Grove, Kan. The meeting will be held in the Kaw Room at the Hays House, 112 W. Main St., Council Grove, Kan.
  • Organic Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Cost Share Program

    Apr 28, 2016
    Kansas organic producers or farmers interested in receiving organic certification are encouraged to apply to receive cost share funds. The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill and can assist Kansas farmers in paying for organic certification or recertification.
  • Kansas Delegation Travels to Thailand for Petfood Forum and Trade Show

    Apr 15, 2016
    A delegation of Kansas pet food industry company representatives traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, to attend Petfood Forum Asia and the VICTAM Asia trade show March 29–31, 2016. The delegation was able to assess current trends in the pet food market and establish business connections in Asia.