COLUMBUS - Agriculture has been the basis of growth and opportunity since this nation was founded and still plays a vital economic role in southeast Kansas. For some people agriculture is a way of living steeped in tradition. Though it may be a lifestyle a person enjoys, it is still a business.

Production agriculture has seemingly taken the role of larger farms, but is there a place for the small producer selling beef, eggs, vegetables, honey, etc.? The answer is yes. However, obtaining working capital, effective marketing, and distribution may take some creativity.

K-State Research and Extension is working to assist producers with the tools they need to compete in the current environment. Heather Morgan, Director of Engagement and Economic Development from Kansas State University, will be at the Labette Community College Cherokee Center ,located at 7186 KS-171 Pittsburg, Kansas 66762, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Heather will cover a variety of topics aimed at helping small businesses grow and thrive. She will have tips on advertising, increasing marketing avenues for crops, wholesale opportunities, and connections to available grants to help small producers.

This event will be great opportunity to network with other small businesses and learn about different opportunities. For any questions, please contact Dale Helwig of Cherokee County Extension at 620-429-3849 or email

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