By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn, sorghum, and soybeans. Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles (213,100 km2) is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,641. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Kansas’ total GDP in 2014 was $140,964 billion. In 2015, the job growth rate in was .8 percent, among the lowest rate in America with only “10,900 total nonfarm jobs” added that year.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) is the nation’s first state department of agriculture. The agency is devoted to the total support of agriculture in Kansas. The department works for the entire Kansas agriculture sector, including farmers, ranchers, food establishments and agribusinesses. The department is dedicated to providing support and assistance to make Kansas businesses successful and encouraging more farms, ranches and other agriculture business to expand in or relocate to Kansas.