With the state's wheat harvest beginning soon, the Kansas Department of Commerce has partnered with Kansas Wheat for the 2008 Kansas Wheat Harvest Program which will connect wheat farmers with custom cutters.
The Kansas Wheat Harvest Program includes a toll-free number - (877) 251-4328 - where farmers and custom cutters can be matched. The number will be staffed from 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., seven days a week, and will have 24-hour voicemail service. In addition, staff can be reached via e-mail at: WheatHarvest@KansasCommerce.com.
Harvest activities from Kansas Wheat include the seventh annual Harvest Salute, which recognizes the value of Kansas wheat producers, and conveys a message of appreciation for a contribution that goes beyond economic benefit. These folks have created an agricultural heritage that is unmatched: Kansas, the "breadbasket of the world."
Kansas Wheat will also be providing daily harvest reports that track the progress of the harvest. These audio and written reports are available from www.kansaswheat.org.
"We know how important the wheat harvest is to our state," says Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary David Kerr. "We're excited to partner with Kansas Wheat on this year's Kansas Wheat Harvest Program, and I'm optimistic these services will help Kansas farmers find the custom cutters they need for a successful harvest."
On average, Kansas produces more wheat than any other state, accounting for nearly 20% of total domestic production. In 2005, the wheat industry generated 198,370 jobs nationwide. The total impact of the industry on the U.S. economy was $20.6 billion. Of the state's 63,000 farmers, about 28,500 grow wheat. Wheat accounts for an average economic impact to Kansas of nearly $2 billion annually.
For more information, contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.