MANHATTAN - The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host an Agribusiness Development Workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at 17624 Santa Fe Trail in Leavenworth. This workshop will provide Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses with resources, and current business development and organizational contacts to assist with startups or expansions.

The KDA Division of Agriculture Marketing received a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant to help fund the workshop.

Established in the 2014 Farm Bill, USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant is a program intended to help with technical assistance, training and other activities to allow small businesses in rural areas to expand.

“Agriculture, food, and food processing accounts for 1,995 jobs or 5 percent of the workforce in Leavenworth County,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “With more information and education, Kansas’ small and rural agri-businesses will be better prepared to serve as economic engines for rural Kansas, and we encourage farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness in the region to attend this session.”

Featured speakers at the event will include Leavenworth Main Street, First City Development Corporation, Leavenworth County Economic Development, Kansas Department of Commerce, Network Kansas, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, KU Small Business Development Center, Schwinn Produce Farm, Oregon Trail Blueberry Farm, Farmer Veteran Coalition of Kansas, and USDA.

KDA will also hold five additional workshops in the following areas:

• Feb. 11 in Belleville;

• Feb. 18 in Iola;

• March 3 in Dodge City;

• March 10 in Colby;

• March 24 in Marion.

KDA is committed to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. This workshop will provide support and assistance to help make Kansas businesses more successful.

To RSVP, email your name and workshop location to events@kda.ks.gov.