Kansas Livestock Associations
Kansas is well known as an agricultural state. The landscape is filled with rolling hills, wide open grassland and fields, cattle grazing, and farms in virtually every corner. While some farms are focused on crops, there are over 27,000 livestock farms in operation, too. Not only is the state a leader in beef production, but there are also features over 250 dairy farms as well. Livestock farmers are an essential part of the state’s agriculture industry and a driver of economic success.
Many farmers face the same challenges regardless of crop or livestock focus. Concerns about productivity, legislative changes, tax issues and operations often make up the list. While advisors like Adams Brown, Strategic Allies, and CPAs help farmers and ranchers navigate tax, accounting, audit, and other financial and agribusiness challenges, it is important to be aware of the various industry associations and groups that provide other essential types of support.
Kansas Livestock Associations
Below is a list of the top Kansas livestock associations and events to consider being a part of, including:
- Kansas Livestock Association comprises 5,600 members, including those running cow-calf, feedlots, swine, dairy, and sheep operations. The association is focused primarily on representing members’ regulatory and legislative matters but also on communication and education. There are several programs, including the Ag Grad Program, Feed Yard Leadership Program, and the KLF Scholarship Program. There are also several regional and statewide meetings held regularly to facilitate discussion on key issues impacting the industry.
- Kansas Pork Association strives to promote pork while enhancing the success of the Kansas pork industry. This is accomplished by reporting standardization through the Kansas Gold Program and various resources, including check-off forms and PQA Rebates. There are also educational opportunities available through the Lois Britt Memorial Scholarship and the Pork Check-Off Internship and Scholarship Programs. Finally, there are also several public education features designed to educate the public about pork.
- National Cattleman’s Beef Association serves as the trade and marketing association for the country’s one million cattle farmers and ranchers. It is a consumer-focused, producer-directed organization representing the largest segment of the nation’s food industry. This is accomplished through various educational, legislative, marketing, and farmer support programs. Members receive access to the monthly newsletter, National Cattlemen, and are invited to attend the annual conference. It also produces several comprehensive resources, including industry statistics, 2023 Redbooks, and information on policy work.
- Kansas Horse Council provides the Kansas equine industry with leadership and direction through education, promotion, and public policy advocacy. Members receive multiple benefits, including access to the monthly e-newsletter, purchasing package discounts, and $1M in personal, limited liability insurance on each owned horse. In addition, members can apply for scholarships available through the KHC Foundation for both high school and college students. Finally, on-demand recordings of educational programs are available, including Horse Care 101.
- Topeka Farm Show is an excellent event for farmers of all stripes to attend. The 3-day show features educational presentations, training seminars, and micro industry expos. Beyond education, the opportunity to network with peers and connect with industry vendors is second to none. In 2023, the show is scheduled for January 10 -12 at the Stormont Vail Event Center and is expected to draw thousands from around the state.