Kansas Department of Agriculture

Agriculture
11:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Fewer Irrigators Pump More Water Than Allowed

State records show that fewer irrigators are pumping more water than they are allowed to use annually.

The Hutchinson News reports that 114 water right holders received a first-offense warning of civil penalties so far this year for over-pumping in 2013. Another 70 irrigators were warned a second, and, for a few, a third time for over-pumping, and issued a $1,000 fine and temporary cutbacks to their annual water use. A fourth offense results in a water right revocation.

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Food
9:54 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kansas Dept. Of Agriculture To Take Over Food Inspections In Sedgwick County

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says it will take over food inspections in Sedgwick County rather than renew its present contract with the City of Wichita as a cost-saving move.

Its present contract with the city expires March 31, and state inspectors will take over the work on April 1.

The Agriculture Department says doing its own food inspections is projected to save $125,000 the first year, and $190,000 the second year and the years beyond that. It plans to hire six state inspectors to handle the work.

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Kansas Department of Agriculture
4:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ag Department Simulation Prompts False Alarm Tweets

An animal disease simulation exercise in central Kansas this week apparently prompted some Twitter users to question whether a real disease outbreak had been detected.

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Government
6:12 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Brownback Praises Chinese Agriculture Partnership

Gov. Sam Brownback is celebrating an agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province as a significant development in their trade relationship.

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Community
6:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Law Creates Farmers' Market Registry

Kansas agriculture officials say a new law taking effect in July will help a growing number of farmers' markets across the state.

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Department of Agriculture
3:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

KDA Move Suggested By K-State

The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced last week that it would move its offices from Topeka to Manhattan. Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman said officials at the Kansas State University Foundation made the suggestion.

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News
5:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Morning News 4.5.13

House legalizes switchblades; Kan. Department of Ag moving to Manhattan; Bill with HIV quarantine concerns is advancing.

House Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades

A bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives is awaiting for Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

The Kansas House passed the measure 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate.

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Weather
12:55 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Emergency Planning Begins For Continuing Drought

While emergency management workers are preparing for snow and ice, state officials are urging water districts to update their plans for water conservation.

All Kansas counties are under a drought emergency, and the drought is predicted to last into 2013.

Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter says most of the state's public water supply systems already have conservation plans, but cities and rural water districts should update their drought plans based on their experiences this past year.

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