Gov. Kelly recognizes National Agriculture Day while visiting Sturdy Farms

Alice Mannette
The Hutchinson News

LYNDON, Kan. — While touring Sturdy Farms in Lyndon on Tuesday, Gov. Laura Kelly announced agricultural exports rose 5% last year — during a pandemic.

Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses exported more than $4 billion in goods in 2020. This is up more than $214 million from 2019.

“This is the first time exports have surpassed $4 billion in our state since 2014,” Kelly said. 

A majority of the exports included meat products, cereal grains and oilseeds. These products are being shipped to 89 countries, including Mexico, Japan and South Korea.

While visiting the farm on National Agriculture Day — March 23 — Kelly proclaimed March as Kansas Agriculture Month.

“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,” Mike Beam, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture said in a release.

Agriculture directly contributes just under $50 billion to the Kansas economy each year. With almost 60,000 farms, averaging less than 800 acres, farmers and ranchers are important to the agricultural economy of the State.

Kansas is one of the top producers of sorghum, wheat, sunflowers and cattle. 

“Agriculture has always been, and will always be the backbone of the Kansas economy,” Gov. Kelly said in a release.