Belleville to host regional KDA Agribusiness Workshop.

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KDA to Host Six Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host six Regional Agribusiness Development Workshops in 2016. The workshops will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources, and current business development and organizational contacts to assist with startups or expansions.

The KDA Division of Agriculture Marketing received a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant to help fund these state-wide workshops. Dates and locations of the workshops include:

  • January 28, 2016 in Leavenworth, Kan.
  • February 11, 2016 in Belleville, Kan.
  • February 18, 2016 in Iola, Kan.
  • March 3, 2016 in Dodge City, Kan.
  • March 10, 2016 in Colby, Kan.
  • March 24, 2016 in Marion, Kan.

The Belleville workshop will take place February 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Belleville City Office. Presenters will include state officials from the US and Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, Kansas E-Community and the Small Business Administration.

“Agriculture accounts for 43 percent of the state’s economy and 12 percent of the state’s workforce,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “These workshops will create an environment that facilitates growth and awareness about agricultural opportunities in Kansas.” McClaskey said with more information and education, Kansas’ small and rural agri-businesses will be better prepared to serve as economic engines for rural Kansas.

Established in the 2014 Farm Bill, the RBDG is a competitive grant program designed to provide targeted technical assistance, training and other activities to enable small businesses in rural areas to be developed or to expand. KDA’s Division of Agriculture Marketing received approximately $33,000 in RBDG funding to host a series of regional agribusiness development workshops for Kansas economic development representatives and Kansas individuals or businesses that grow, produce, process or manufacture agricultural products.

Republic County participates in the E-Community program, which has provided tax credit and grant funding for the Revolving Loan Fund as well as other development expertise.

Local presenters

Republic County Economic Development

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Belleville Chamber & Main Street

C & C High Tunnels, Scandia

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Polansky Seed, Belleville

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For additional information, contact Robin Blume, KDA education and events coordinator, robin.blume@kda.ks.gov.