Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops


Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops — a project of Kansas State University

3029 Throckmorton Hall
Manhattan Kansas


Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops was created in 2000 as a center within the Kansas Center for Agriculture Resources and the Environment. Its mission is to “support small family-owned farms in Kansas through research, education and outreach focused on production, storage, processing, and marketing technologies that will boost small farm profitability, protect natural resources, and enhance rural communities” through these activities:

  • Promote research, education, outreach and marketing for sustainable agriculture and alternative food, fiber and medical crops. Assist farmers increase the farmers share of the food system dollar.
  • Collect and analyze basic information on the Kansas food system and opportunities for production and direct marketing.
  • Focus research on value added processing and new crops that offer low-volume, high margin niche opportunities.
  • Assist small farmers to access lower input costs through a delivery system with expanded access to sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Facilitate marketing assistance to promote products produced and processed in Kansas.
  • Expand small farm research to include organic products, less capital intensive investments, energy saving technology, and agricultural practices that reduce soil erosion and restore soil health.
  • Develop and distribute a guide of state services for small farms and value added agriculture

Its activities are particularly relevant to the question of finding economic models that can underwrite the preservation of remnant prairies.


  • Government
  • Academic
  • Research
  • Agriculture
  • Kansas


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