Workshop to help farmers, agribusinesses expand is Thursday

Workshop to help farmers, agribusinesses expand is Thursday

Agribusiness Development workshop series kicks off in Iola with future events in Dodge City, Colby and Marion

The Kansas Department of Agriculture will host an Agribusiness Development Workshop on Thursday in the assembly room at the Allen County Courthouse, 1 N Washington St., Iola, from 1-5 p.m. This workshop 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 Rural Business Development Grant to help fund this workshop.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Kansas faremrs, ranchers and agribusinesses can learn about opportunities to get help with starting a new buisness or expanding an existing one at a Thursday workshop.

Established in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant is a program intended to help with technical assistance, training and other activities to allow small businesses in rural areas to expand.

“Agriculture, food, and food processing accounts for 1,400 jobs or 15 percent of the workforce in Allen County,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “With more information and education, Kansas’ small and rural agribusinesses will be better prepared to serve as economic engines for rural Kansas, and we encourage farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses in the region to attend this session.”

Featured speakers at the event will include -USDA Rural Development, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Network Kansas, Pittsburg Small Business Development Center and the City of Humboldt E-Community.

KDA will also hold additional workshops in the following areas: March 3 in Dodge City, March 10 in Colby and March 24 in Marion.

KDA is committed to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. This workshop will provide support and assistance to help make Kansas businesses more successful.

To RSVP, email your name and workshop location to [email protected].

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