Farmers helping farmers.

The Kansas Rural Center promotes diversified farming systems and public policies that support our small and family farms. We promote agricultural practices that are not only ecologically sound, but healthy for our communities and strengthen the farm economy, too. Practices that reduce costs, conserve resources, protect the environment, and help rebuild our local food systems are central to our programs.

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Kansas is the 2nd largest wheat exporter in the nation, the 3rd largest beef exporter, and the 7th largest exporter of
agricultural products overall.

Source: USDA

Most staff and board are also practicing farmers, ranchers and food marketers themselves. KRC field or regional staff coordinators work from home in their communities, providing services regionally and in their expertise areas, ranging from farmers’ markets, grazing, specialty crops, beginning farmer issues, organics, cover crops, and much more. We come together regularly to share information and fellowship, and provide connections for farmers to more resources.

KRC promotes a diversified systems approach to agriculture. 

Research and everyday experience are establishing that by utilizing diversified systems, our farmers and ranchers can:KRC's Natalie Fullerton and Jason Schmidt

• reduce the negative environmental and social externalities related to monocultures

• enhance sustainability and resilience in the face of climate challenges, and

• contribute significantly to local and global food security and health.

To advance this systems approach, KRC provides educational training to farmers, networking opportunities and longstanding relationships that change fortunes along with lives, opening the door to new ideas, new practices, and new routes to economic viability for today’s farms and ranches.

7 of the top 10 Kansas exports are agricultural productsSource: USDA

Together, these alternatives provide a better shot at survival for today’s smaller farms, while increasing food access opportunities for our communities through their own local producers, and enhancing our natural resources.

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