Business Development

The business development team works to grow the Kansas agriculture industry and economy.  The team works with any farmer, rancher, or agribusiness that wants to expand in size or product offerings.  The team works to attract farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses to Kansas to conduct business; whether with a complete relocation or expansion of an additional location. The business development team connects people, works through regulatory requirements, navigates support and incentive options for interested parties, and creates business plans which promote and benefit Kansas agribusinesses.

Additionally, the team works to promote Kansas agricultural products around the world. The team coordinates 10-15 international export trade missions with Kansas producers each year. The team also hosts numerous international delegations in Kansas in which visitors are introduced to Kansas agriculture and influenced to buy and invest in Kansas agriculture products.

The team brings a wide range of agricultural experience to the table that makes us well suited for working with private industry. Experience includes: livestock production, processing, and meat marketing; grain production, storage, and processing; farmers’ market sales and promotion; banking, finance, and budgeting; and workforce preparation, management, and leadership. The team looks forward to putting their skills to work for Kansas agriculture every day.

Specialty Crop Webinar Series

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During the month of March and the first week of April, the Kansas Department of Agriculture offered a Specialty Crop Lunch and Learn Webinar Series for those interested in the specialty crop industry. The six-part webinar series was held at noon every Tuesday from March 1 to April 5. A recording of each webinar is available below until May 31, 2022 due to contractional obligations with our speakers. The videos include copyrighted content and are made available for viewing by The Kansas Department of Agriculture ONLY. Please do not record, sell, distribute, or share this video on social media sites.

Meet the Panelists

March 1: View Webinar
How We Use the Lean System to Earn a Comfortable Living from a 1/2 Acre Farm with Ben Hartman

March 8: View Webinar
Growing your Passion with Profit in the Floral Industry with Suzi Batdorff

March 15: View Webinar
Diversifying and Scaling Your Operation with Michael Kilpatrick

March 22: View Webinar
Designing, Building and Implementing Tools and Systems on Your Own Farm with Josh Volk

March 29: View Webinar
The Importance of Value-Added Products in our Farm Store with Olivia Telschow

April 5: View Webinar
Basics are Best: Must-haves for Your Marketing Efforts with Ruth Inman

For questions about this webinar series, contact us at

Dairy On-Farm Processing Survey

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey to evaluate how KDA can assist Kansas producers with future value-added dairy opportunities. Please click the button below to take the survey.

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Industrial Hemp Virtual Outreach Event

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At the request of Kansas elected officials, on November 4, 2021, the Kansas Department of Agriculture held an educational webinar on industrial hemp. The webinar was an opportunity to provide information and create awareness among legislators on the industrial hemp industry in the state.


The following documents were shared during this virtual event:

Webinar Series - Livestock Marketing Like a Champion

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During October and November 2021, the Kansas Department of Agriculture held a webinar series designed to provide more insight into marketing purebred livestock and genetics. The five-part webinar series was held on Wednesday evenings.  During the series, livestock marketing professionals shared best practices as well as tips and tricks to improve marketing plans.  Due to contractual obligations, the webinar series was not recorded.  To discuss the webinar series, contact Suzanne Ryan-Numrich.

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Kansas Ag Equipment Manufacturing & Sales Webinar

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture, Great Plains Technology & Manufacturing Cluster, K-State Technology Development Institute, and Kansas Manufacturing Solutions held a webinar in October of 2021 that focused on the Kansas agriculture equipment manufacturing and sales sector.

This recorded webinar featured Kansas manufacturers SureFire Ag (Atwood), ShieldAg (Hutchinson), and Farmada (Assaria), who shared their story of collaboration in innovating and marketing the Farmada NH3 toolbar.

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Past Webinars - Meat Marketing Basics