Kansas Department of Agriculture News Releases

  • Kansas Department of Agriculture Names Earl Lewis as Chief Engineer

    Oct 07, 2020
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced today that Earl Lewis has been selected to serve as the Chief Engineer for the agency’s Division of Water Resources. As the Chief Engineer, Lewis will manage the personnel and programs of KDA–DWR and administer laws related to conservation, management, use and control of water and water structures in Kansas.
  • 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grants Awarded

    Oct 02, 2020
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture has been awarded $331,846 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds for the program are presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Marketing Service to increase opportunities for specialty crops. KDA has selected other recipients to further utilize the funds.
  • West Nile Virus Confirmed in Horse in Douglas County

    Oct 01, 2020
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health has received notification of a confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a horse in Douglas County.
  • Hearing Scheduled for Proposed Adoption of Animal Health Regulations

    Sep 28, 2020
    A public hearing will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, to consider the adoption of proposed animal health regulations. The hearing will be held via telephone conference with an opportunity for written or oral public comments.
  • 2020 Organic Certification Cost Share Program Now Accepting Applications

    Sep 23, 2020
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture has funds available for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP). Through this program, farms, ranches and businesses that produce, process or package certified organic agricultural products may be reimbursed for eligible expenses.
  • KDA Hires Executive Director of Division of Conservation

    Sep 18, 2020
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission have hired Andrew Lyon to serve as the executive director for the agency’s Division of Conservation.
  • Commodity Commission Candidates Face Nov. 30 Filing Deadline

    Sep 15, 2020
    Grain growers in western Kansas who plan to campaign for a seat on one of the state’s five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat or sunflowers — should be gathering petition signatures now to meet the Nov. 30, 2020, filing deadline.
  • Agriculture Marketing and Promotions Advisory Board to Hold Virtual Meeting on September 17

    Sep 15, 2020
    The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Marketing and Promotions Advisory Board will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 17. This is a regularly scheduled board meeting that will be held via virtual meeting or by utilizing a call-in option.
  • State Conservation Commission Meeting September 28

    Sep 10, 2020
    The State Conservation Commission will hold a meeting and conference call on Monday, September 28, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. at the Kansas Department of Agriculture in Manhattan. To meet social distancing requirements, the in-person meeting at KDA is limited to 15 individuals including the SCC commissioners, KDA executive staff and KDA Division of Conservation staff. A conference call option is open to the public and available for conservation partners.
  • State Board of Agriculture to Meet September 17

    Sep 10, 2020
    The Kansas State Board of Agriculture will meet for its regular board meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Kansas Department of Agriculture office at 1320 Research Park Drive in Manhattan.