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The changing face of agriculture in Kansas: A diverse community

Bertha Mendoza, director of the KSU Research & Extension SW Kansas Expanded Food and Nutrition Program in Garden City was part of a panel speaking about diversity in Kansas agriculture and communities.

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The promotion of greater diversification and biodiversity in farming and food systems has long been a major goal of the Kansas Rural Center. However, the emphasis on diversification has mostly focused on complex crop rotations, rotational grazing, multi-species integration of both crops and mammals, specialty crop production and marketing, and other programs designed to insure greater environmental and ecological resilience.
Diversity is more than that, though. Diversity in people, cultures and ideas, and a small but growing number of foreign-born immigrants, are also changing the state’s demographics. According to the Pew Research Center, 2 percent of Kansas’ population in ...


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