The Kansas Department of Agriculture has funds available for reimbursement to Kansas specialty crop growers who attend an educational conference with a primary focus on specialty crops.

Qualifying conferences may include sessions about production practices, specialized equipment and technology, pest and disease management, specialty crop marketing practices, or business principles for specialty crop producers.

Applicants who apply for the reimbursement will be required to attend the conference and to complete surveys before, immediately after, and six months post-conference prior to payment being issued. Conferences not eligible will include those within the state of Kansas and the Great Plains Growers Conference.

The state will reimburse Kansas specialty crop growers up to $850 each in order to offset the cost of their conference registration, mileage or flights, hotel and meals. The award is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for application is Dec. 15.

Examples of conferences that may be eligible for applicants to attend include, but are not limited to:

North American Strawberry Growers Association Conference; Jan. 19-22, 2020; San Antonio, Texas

North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association Conference; March 3-6, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri

Great Lakes Expo Fruit, Vegetable, & Farm Market Conference; Dec. 10-12; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention; Feb. 28-30, 2020; Hershey, Pennsylvania

Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference; Jan. 9-12, 2020; Savannah, Georgia

This program is made possible by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG).

For application details, go to the Kansas Department of Agriculture website at www.agriculture.ks.gov/grants. Questions should be directed to Lexi Wright, From the Land of Kansas program coordinator, at 785-564-6755 or lexi.wright@ks.gov.

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