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Posted on: March 3, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host Southwest Kansas Dairy Tour

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA) are inviting dairymen, business leaders and journalists to participate in the Southwest Kansas Dairy Tour, which is designed to showcase Kansas as a prime location for dairy farming, March 25 in Finney and Gray counties.

The day-long bus tour will take participants to three Southwest Kansas dairies – Royal Farms Dairy, Plymell Dairy and Forget-Me-Not Farms – where dairy operators will provide facility tours and answer questions about the dairy industry in Kansas. Topics to be discussed include water rights, waste disposal, climate, land availability, financial incentives and the overall business environment for dairying. The goal is to highlight Kansas as an ideal location for dairy farms, especially to out-of-state dairymen who might be considering a move to Kansas.

“Kansas has a lot to offer dairy farmers,” said Kansas Department of Commerce agricultural marketing specialist J.J. Jones, who will guide the day-long tour. “Whether you’re an existing Kansas farmer or an out-of-state dairyman looking for a great new site, Kansas is an ideal location to establish and grow a dairy farm. We’ve designed this tour to cover three Kansas dairies with three different business models and structures so that participants can get a feel for the entire dairy industry in Kansas.”

There is no charge to participate on the tour, and lunch will be provided. The tour begins in Garden City at 7:30 a.m. Participants will travel by bus to the three dairies before returning to Garden City at 5 p.m. Participants can reserve a hotel room for that evening at the Clarion Hotel in Garden City, where they’ll receive a group discount rate of $75 per night. A complete itinerary is attached to this email.

To reserve your spot on the Southwest Kansas Dairy Tour, contact J.J. Jones with the Kansas Department of Commerce at (785) 296-3174 or

The Southwest Kansas Dairy Tour is part of the Kansas Department of Commerce and wKREDA’s recently initiated Kansas Dairy Initiative, which is designed to promote Kansas as an ideal location – and the “new frontier” – for dairy farming. For more information, visit the campaign hub at

For details, contact Joe Monaco, public information officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or


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