Topeka – Kansashas the fastest growing milk production in the entire country. That's accordingto a report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA)National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). The report found that milkproduction grew by 7.3 percent, in 2013.
Kansas posted the third largest increase in total pounds ofmilk production in 2013, only trailing dairy giants Wisconsin and New York.
The dairy industry in Kansas is a crucial component to thestate's agricultural industry and overall economic growth. According to Josh Roe,economist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the value of milk producedin Kansas totaled nearly $592 million adding approximately $131 million to theKansas economy and 482 jobs in 2013.
"The remarkable growth we have seen in Kansas this year andin years past is an excellent testament to the quality of work Kansas dairymenand women conduct on a daily basis," said Billy Brown, Kansas Department ofAgriculture's Dairy Agribusiness Development coordinator. "Our dairies are aneconomic engine for rural Kansas, and we thank our dairy farmers for theircommitment to continuing to grow the industry and rural Kansas by producing awholesome and nutritious product."
As thenational demand for food and agricultural products continue to grow, Kansas isquickly rising to the top as the premier dairy frontier. Abundant farmland,feed supply, ideal climate and agriculture-based culture make it an ideallocation to dairy.
Kansas ishome to more than 300 dairy farms and 137,000 dairy cows.
For more information on Kansas' Dairy Industry, head over to http://www.agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/dairy-in-kansas.