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By: Robert Adcock, Special Events Agent, Kansas Department of Revenue The State of Kansas has deep roots in agriculture.  Though Kansas is known for wheat, corn, soybeans and cattle, many Kansans also grow delicious tomatoes, green beans, zucchini and other assorted vegetables.  Kansas agriculture is not only commercial but also entrepreneurial.  As more Kansans grow crops and create specialty goods for sale at local farmers’ markets, it is important to be familiar with Kansas...
In order to help expand opportunities for U.S. products in international markets, the Kansas Department of Agriculture regularly seeks out opportunities for buyers missions.  KDA is a member of Food Export Association of the Midwest; a non-profit organization composed of 22 Midwestern states that together leverage federal and state resources to provide services to facilitate trade between U.S. food suppliers and importers around the world.  These services include: export promotion,...
Promoting a growing sector of the state’s agriculture economy, Governor Sam Brownback proclaimed August as Farmers’ Market Month in Kansas. “During the month of August, the From the Land of Kansas team will visit markets in all of the state’s nine regions,” said Julie Roller, From the Land of Kansas specialist. “We are also working with many of the farmers’ markets to promote the importance of shopping at your local farmers’ market, not only during August but all season long.” Farmers’...
Does the bounty of Kansas-grown produce at the local farmers’ market seem overwhelming with its vast array of colors, unusual vegetables and wide assortment of varieties?  The fresh asparagus and colorful peppers might be enticing, but how should they be prepared? Without knowledge of selection, storage, and preparation tips, purchasing fresh ingredients can be intimidating. Put aside your fear and look for the Savor the Season recipe and preparation card when shopping at your favorite...
The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s state trademark program, From the Land of Kansas, introduces a new, online marketplace. This new site will make Kansas-made and produced products more readily available to consumers, providing the ease and convenience of online shopping. To shop on the From the Land of Kansas Marketplace, visit Shop.FromTheLandOfKansas.com. The online marketplace is a first of its kind allowing consumers to purchase not only From the Land of Kansas branded...
The American Farm Bureau Federation announced applications for the Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge will be accepted beginning June 1 through June 30. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The challenge, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being cultivated in rural regions of the United States. It is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working...
Governor Sam Brownback and First Lady Mary Brownback graciously hosted the Fourth Annual Kansas Wine and Beer Tasting at Cedar Crest on Wednesday, April 29. More than 100 guests from the Kanas Legislature, Kansas Board of Agriculture, Governor’s Cabinet and Kansas Grape and Wine Industry Advisory Council attended the event. “The Kansas Wine and Beer Tasting showcased Kansas’ growing farm winery and micro brewing industry,” said Julie Roller, From the Land of Kansas specialist. “The event...
In an effort to add cooking inspiration and education into farmers’ markets, From the Land of Kansas has partnered with Kansas Farm Bureau to launch Savor the Season. The campaign promotes Kansas specialty crops. Savor the Season is designed to educate and excite consumers about cooking with local produce using tasty, seasonal recipes and providing tips and tricks to cooking with these special ingredients. Eye-catching and informational recipe cards, featuring ten different Kansas fruits...
USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to support rural community economic development. Approximately $4 million is being made available under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. Eligible applicants include public, private, and non-profit intermediaries, and federally recognized tribes. "USDA supports regional projects that build the capacity of rural Kansas communities, and help spur community and...
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. "Farmers and ranchers are creative people who, with a little help, can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations," Vilsack said. "Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to...

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