Kansas Department of Agriculture News Releases

  • KDA Seeks Participants for Statewide Survey of Specialty Crops

    Jul 18, 2016
    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.
  • Kansas Companies Attend 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show

    Jul 11, 2016
    From the Land of Kansas members exhibited at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City June 26-28, 2016. The show is America’s largest specialty food & beverage trade show, with over 47,000 industry professionals in attendance. The 2016 show was the largest ever, with more than 2,600 exhibitors representing the latest in specialty foods and beverages from across the U.S. and many other countries and regions. The Fancy Food Show is an opportunity for the individual companies to showcase their products and promote the state of Kansas at one of the specialty food industry’s premier events.
  • Chinese Sorghum Buyers Visit Kansas

    Jul 07, 2016
    A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) trade team of high-volume Chinese sorghum buyers was in Kansas this summer as part of a tour aimed at further developing and strengthening relationships between Chinese sorghum buyers and U.S. suppliers.
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture Provides Toolkit to Farmers’ Markets

    Jul 06, 2016
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant to create a Kansas Farmers’ Market Toolkit. The toolkit will provide promotional materials and resources to enhance existing farmers’ markets in Kansas and promote awareness to customers.
  • Public Hearing Scheduled for Reportable Animal Disease Regulation

    Jun 15, 2016
    A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, to consider the adoption of a proposed regulation concerning reportable animal diseases. The hearing will be held in the first floor meeting room (Room 124) of the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) building, 1320 Research Park Dr., Manhattan, Kan.
  • June is Kansas Dairy Month

    Jun 01, 2016
    Kansas is one of the fastest growing dairy regions in the United States, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to celebrate our hard-working dairy farmers during the month of June as the Governor has proclaimed it Kansas Dairy Month.
  • 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.