Governor Laura Kelly on Tuesday, visited Sturdy Farms in Lyndon, Kansas, to celebrate agricultural excellence in our state by signing a proclamation declaring March 23 as Kansas Agriculture Day, and the month of March as Kansas Agriculture Month.
“Agriculture has always been, and will always be the backbone of the Kansas economy” Governor Kelly said. “Today – and throughout the month of March – I encourage all Kansans to join us in recognize our thriving agriculture industry, which ensures families across our state, nation, and world have access to quality food products.”
Governor Kelly also announced Tuesday that Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses exported over $4 billion in goods in 2020 – up more than $214 million from the previous year.
“This is the first time exports have surpassed $4 billion in our state since 2014,” Governor Kelly said. “That’s a huge accomplishment – our agriculture workers should be proud.”
A majority of the exports included meat products, cereal grains, and oilseeds. These products are being shipped to 89 countries including our top trade partners such as Mexico, Japan, and South Korea.
The theme for this year’s National Agriculture Day celebration is “Food Brings Everyone to the Table” – a reminder that the food we enjoy at our tables exists because of the dedication and hard work of Kansas farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.
“Agriculture is a critical part of Kansas’ history. Not only is it a key economic driver in our state, but it also holds great potential for future economic growth,” Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam said. “With an increase in exports, it becomes very clear — not even a year of unknown circumstances, such as global pandemic, can stop agriculture from continuing to feed the world. fighting through adversity. No matter the setback, farmers and ranchers will find solutions to keep things moving forward.”
View the proclamation here.
Source: Office of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly