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Kansas Economy

Agriculture

Kansas is an important agricultural state, ranking 7th among the states for total agricultural production.

In terms of revenue generated, Kansas' top five agricultural products are cattle and calves, wheat, corn for grain, soybeans, and hogs.

Livestock

Far and away the highest agricultural revenue in Kansas is generated by raising cattle and calves. The revenues produced by this activity account for about 60% of the state's total agricultural production.

Hogs and dairy products are also important in the state.

Some revenue is generated by chicken eggs and sheep and lambs.

Crops

Kansas' largest crop is wheat. It accounts for about 12% of the state's total agricultural production. In fact, Kansas is the #1 wheat-producing state, generating about 15% of the nation's total crop. North Dakota follows closely on Kansas' heels.

Corn for grain is another valuable Kansas crop, contributing about 9% to the state's total agricultural revenue.

Soybeans are another valuable crop in Kansas, followed by sorghum grain and hay.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturers add value to raw products by creating manufactured items. For example, cotton cloth becomes more valuable than a boll of cotton through manufacturing processes.

Transportation equipment (light aircraft, military aircraft, missiles, aircraft parts, railroad freight and passenger cars, locomotives) is Kansas' primary manufactured product.

Food processing (flour-milling, animal feed, meat-packing plants) is ranked second in the state.

Printed materials (newspapers, school yearbooks) are also produced in Kansas.

Mining

Almost every county in Kansas is involved in some kind of mineral production.

Petroleum and natural gas are the most important mined products in the state.

Other products are gypsum, helium, limestone and salt.

Services

The leading service industries in Kansas are in the community, business and personal services sector. Concentrated in Kansas' metropolitan areas, private health care, law firms, data processing companies, hotels, repair shops and customer service call centers are important.

Ranking second in Kansas are the wholesale (farm product distribution, groceries, machinery, motor vehicles) and retail (automobile dealerships, grocery stores, department stores, restaurants, service stations) trade industries.

Government services (public schools, hospitals, military activities) are the third ranking services sector in Kansas.

Sources

James R. Shortridge, Thomas D. Isern, "Kansas," Discovery Channel School, original content provided by World Book Online, http://www.discoveryschool.com/homeworkhelp/worldbook/atozgeography/k/294860.html, 08/14/01.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: National Agricultural Statistics Service, "Kansas State Agriculture Overview, 2004", 3 January 2006, <http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Ag_Overview/AgOverview_KS.pdf> (12 January 2006)

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