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Industry Statistics

  • In 1997 the Kansas beef industry provided $5.1 billion in personal income.  
  • The cattle industry generates 23% of the gross state product, totaling $16.8 billion.  
  • Cattle represented 59.4% of the 1999 Kansas agricultural cash receipts. (Kansas Ag Statistics) 
  • Cattle generated $4.95 billion in cash receipts during 2000. (Kansas Ag Statistics) 
  • Kansas beef industry statistics:
      8.21 million head processed - 2000
    1.5 million stockers grazed annually
    1.5 million stockers backgrounded annually
         1.52 million beef cows on Jan. 1, 2001
  • Kansas ranks first nationwide in commercial cattle processed with 8.21 million head. (Kansas Ag Statistics, 2000)
  • Kansas ranks third in beef processing and red meat production. (Kansas Ag Statistics, 1999)
  • Kansas ranks second in the value of live animals and meat exported to other countries at $761.7 million. (1999)
  • Meat packing and prepared meat products manufacturing make up the largest share of the food processing industry in the state. This industry provides employment for over 18,700 employees in Kansas.
  • Kansas ranked second in fed cattle marketed with 5.37 million in 2000. That represents 22.3% of all cattle fed in the United States. (Kansas Ag Statistics)
  • Kansas ranked second in total red meat production in 2000. Beef was 6.3 billion pounds of this total. (Kansas Ag Statistics)
  • Kansas ranks second in hides and skins exported from the U.S., totaling $200.2 million in 1999.
  • Kansas has 36,000 farms with cattle and calves. (January 1, 2001)
  • Cattle consume 72% of the corn, 16% of the soybeans and 60% of the hay grown in the state.
  • Kansas has 47.8 million acres of farm ground; however, not all of this land can be used to grow crops. Cattle are the ideal mechanism for efficiently utilizing grasses and plants growing on the 17.8 million acres of Kansas pasture and rangeland. These acres are not suited for the production of cultivated crops and would be wasted if it were not for ruminants, such as cattle, turning these resources into essential protein and nutrients for human use.

State Facts

From 50States.com/kansas
Admission to Statehood: January 29, 1861
Area: 82282 sq.mi, 15th   Land 81823 sq. mi., 13th   Water 459 sq.mi., 43rd
Area Codes: 316 - 785 - 913
Biographies: Famous Kansans
Bird: Western Meadowlark   50states List
Border States: Regional List   Colorado   Missouri   Nebraska   Oklahoma
Climate: Kansas
Community Colleges: 50states List
Community Pages: 50states List
Constitution: 34 th State
County Profile: Text List   105 Counties
Courts: Judicial System
Current Events: News Headlines
Department of: Education   Certification
Driving: DMV
Agriculture: Cattle, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs, corn.
Industry: Transportation equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, chemical products, machinery, apparel, petroleum, mining.
Editorial Cartoons: Cartoonists Index
Fast Facts: 50states List
On a navy blue field is a sunflower, the state flower. Also, the state seal and the words "Kansas". In the picture of the state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood. Above the stars is the motto "To the Stars Through Difficulties". On the seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin, a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagontrain heading west and Native Americans hunting bison. Flag adopted 1927.
Flower: Sunflower   Helianthus annuus
Genealogical Resources: Cyndi's List   Historical Societies
Geographic Center: Barton, 15 miles northeast of Great Bend
Governor: Bill Graves (R)
Highest Point: Mt. Sunflower; 4039 feet, 28th
Highway Markers: Kansas   Resource Manual
Historic Landmarks: Search Kansas
History: Historical   History Channel   Civil War
Largest Cities: Wichita   Overland Park   Kansas City   Topeka   Olathe   Lawrence   Shawnee   Salina   Manhattan   Hutchinson
Library: Blue Skyways - Kansas State Library
License Plates: Kansas
Lowest Point: Verdigris River; 680 feet, 43rd
Media: Radio   TV
Motto: Ad astra per aspera
To the stars through difficulties
National Park: Kansas
Newspapers: Kansas
Nickname: Sunflower State
Origin of state's name: From the Sioux Indian for "south wind people"
Permanent Residents: Find A Grave
Population: Quick facts   2,688,418; 32nd, 12/00
Public Records: Kansas
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Road Side America: Kansas
Soil: Kansas - Harney
Song: Home on the Range   
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Symbols: Geobop's   Kansas Facts
Topography: Image   Hilly Osage plains in the east;central region level prairie and hills; high plains in the west.
Tourism: Tour Kansas
Tree: Cottonwood   Populus deltoides
Unclaimed Funds: Kansas
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Weather: Topeka, Forbes Field
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