Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam today visited family owned and operated Haselwood Farms, Inc., in Berryton to learn more about their corn and soybean production, and celebrate agricultural excellence in Kansas.
“Kansas farmers and ranchers put nutritious food on the plates of families around the world – and contribute significantly to our state’s economy,” Governor Kelly said. “It was good to join the team at Haselwood Farms today to get an update on this year’s crops, and thank them for their many contributions to our communities. My administration will continue finding ways to support our farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses to strengthen our state and local economies.”
Kansas’ agricultural industry contributes more than $70 billion to the state’s economy and nearly 250,000 jobs – 12% of the state’s workforce. In 2020, Kansas exported over $4 billion in goods worldwide, which is up 5.6% from the previous year, and the first time we’ve surpassed the $4 billion mark since 2014.
Haselwood Farms primarily produces corn and soybeans. Currently, farmers statewide are harvesting their fall soybean crop.
“Soybeans make a significant contribution to Kansas agriculture, with nearly 5 million acres planted to soybeans and 190 million bushels produced last year,” Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam said. “And the soybean crop is a critical part of other ag sectors as well, producing fuel and livestock feed for livestock used worldwide. We appreciate the hard work of soybean farmers and are thankful we were able to make this visit.”
The below photos from today’s visit are available for media use: