SENATE BILL No. 534*
An Act establishing a center of excellence on sustainable
agriculture and alternative crops
at Kansas state university.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) There is hereby
established at Kansas state university
the center of excellence on sustainable agriculture and alternative
(b) Functions and duties of the center of
excellence on sustainable
agriculture and alternative crops shall include but not be limited
(1) Emphasizing research, education,
outreach and marketing for
sustainable agriculture and alternative food, fiber and medicinal
(2) Assisting farmers increase the
farmers share of the food system
(3) Collecting and analyzing basic
information on the Kansas food
system and opportunities for production and direct marketing.
(4) Focusing research on value added
processes and new crops that
offer low-volume, high margin niche opportunities.
(5) Assisting small farmers to access
lower input costs through a de-
livery system with expanded access to sustainable agricultural
(6) Marketing assistance to promote
products produced and proc-
essed in Kansas.
(7) Expanding small farm research to
(A) Organic products;
(B) less capital intensive
(C) energy saving technology; and
(D) agricultural practices that reduce
soil erosion and restore soil
(8) Developing and distributing a guide
of all state services for small
farms and value added agriculture.
(c) Subject to appropriations, officials
at Kansas state university shall
appoint a coordinator for the center of excellence on sustainable
ture and alternative crops and fund operating expenses of such
(d) A representative of Kansas state
university center of excellence
on sustainable agriculture and alternative crops shall annually
report to the chairpersons of the senate agriculture committee and
house of representatives agriculture committee concerning the
research, funding and progress of programs.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in
force from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved April 5, 2000.