Kansas Department of Agriculture News Releases

  • Commerce Accepting Applications for Export Programs and Funding

    Oct 21, 2016
    Since 2012, more than 50 Kansas small businesses have achieved $17.2 million in export sales through STEP grant programs. The Kansas Department of Commerce is currently accepting STEP grant applications from small businesses to assist them in starting or growing their exports. The Commerce programs, which are being funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will help non-exporters begin exporting for the first time or existing exporters expand their export levels.
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture Receives Specialty Crop Block Grant

    Oct 19, 2016
    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.
  • Celebrate Kansas FFA by Watching the 89th National FFA Convention

    Oct 19, 2016
    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.
  • KJLS LEAD Challenge Results

    Oct 17, 2016
    In addition to feeding, caring for and showing cattle, goats, pigs or sheep at the recent Kansas Junior Livestock Show, more than 120 young Kansas agricultural leaders competed at the first-ever KJLS LEAD Challenge. The competition is designed to provide a competitive learning opportunity related agricultural issues.
  • KDA Welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

    Oct 13, 2016
    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.
  • Agriculture Workforce Survey Results Complete

    Oct 12, 2016
    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.
  • Local Food and Farm Task Force to Meet October 24

    Oct 07, 2016
    The Kansas Local Food and Farm Task Force will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24. This is a regularly scheduled meeting.
  • Ag Secretary, Attorney General Raise Concerns About EPA Proposed Atrazine Regulations

    Oct 07, 2016
    The Kansas secretary of agriculture and attorney general have asked the Environmental Protection Agency not to regulate the herbicide atrazine to the point it becomes ineffective or uneconomical for Kansas farmers.
  • Updated Agricultural Economic Impact Reports by County Now Available

    Oct 04, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture is committed to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. The department’s interactive map of Kansas, showing the economic impact of agriculture broken down by county, has recently been updated to provide citizens with statistics adjusted for 2016.
  • Kansas Breeders Promote Beef Genetics Abroad

    Oct 03, 2016
    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.”