STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19

Due to the state’s response to COVID-19, the staff at the Kansas Department of Agriculture continues to work in a limited capacity with much of the staff working remotely. The KDA headquarters office in Manhattan is now open to the public, with changes to a number of practices in place to protect the health of staff and visitors. 

  • All staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings in public areas of the building.
  • Social distancing must be maintained while in the building.
  • Many meetings are being held as online meetings or conference calls.

We appreciate your patience as we work through these changing times.

The KDA coronavirus page has guidance documents and ag-related industry links. For more information about the State of Kansas response to COVID-19, please consult the KDHE Resource Center.

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KDA Seeks Nominations for Kansas Ag Heroes

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is excited to announce they are now accepting nominations for the first ever Kansas Agriculture Heroes Program.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is excited to announce they are now accepting nominations for the first ever Kansas Agriculture Heroes Program. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses have performed essential functions to keep food on the tables of people worldwide. KDA established this program as a way to recognize those in the agriculture industry who went above and beyond to serve others and better their community when it was needed most.

KDA encourages Kansans to nominate any individual, family, or business in Kansas agriculture which you feel provided a notable contribution to the agriculture industry or their community as a whole this year. Nominations will be accepted through August 10. The nomination instructions can be found at www.agriculture.ks.gov/AgHeroes.

KDA leadership will review each nomination and will recognize a select number of agriculture heroes virtually during the Kansas Summit on Agricultural Growth webinar on August 20. The recognition ceremony will be recorded and posted online at a later date.

For questions about the Kansas Agricultural Heroes Program nomination process, please contact Brittney Grother at 785-564-6797 or Brittney.Grother@ks.gov.

The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state’s largest industry – agriculture.

The Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach team identifies with the following team goals:

  • Retain and serve current farms, ranches and agribusinesses in Kansas
  • Grow current farms, ranches and agribusinesses in Kansas
  • Expand the Kansas agriculture industry
  • Assist in maintaining/growing rural Kansas communities
  • Raising awareness of agriculture
  • Create appreciation for agriculture