The Kansas Specialty Crop Growers Association (KSCGA) aims to advance Kansas' specialty crop production through a network of growers who are equipped with the technical assistance, education, and empowerment they need to succeed. By partnering with K-State Research and Extension, Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Agriculture, members receive benefits that include:
Production Technical Assistance: Soil health, plant pathology, disease management, IPM, crop selection and rotation, food safety, and etc.)
Advocacy Resources: Educational resources on federal and state policies that affect farming, local food systems and the environment
Education: Events focused on educating commercial producers on topics identified by members and affiliates
Member Directory: A public listing of members that can be used for networking with other growers, wholesale buyers or direct-to-market consumers
Unified Voice: Unified efforts to increase the resources available to speciality crop growers in the state of Kansas
Regular membership dues are required, however a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, visit our membership page.
The Kansas Sweet potato Association was initiated by a group of growers in the Kansas River valley. It’s first meeting was in May 1939 in Lawrence, Kansas. A constitution and bylaws were adopted in November 1939 with all members who were also to be members of the Kansas State Horticultural Society. It was originally named the Kaw Valley Sweet potato Growers Association and was subsequently renamed the Kansas Sweet potato Growers Association in 1963.
The Kansas Vegetable Growers Association was founded in July 1965. Before, vegetable growers, like fruit growers, were highly influential in the Kansas Horticultural Society.
In 1968, the Kansas Sweet Potato Growers Association combined with the Kansas Vegetable Growers Association, using a new constitution and the bylaws of the Vegetable Growers Association.
In 1993, discussions were initiated with the Missouri Vegetable Growers Association to consider a possible joint educational meeting between the KVGA and MVGA. These discussions led to the inclusion of vegetable growers in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1995, it was decided to hold a 4-state vegetable growers conference in St. Joseph, Missouri. This conference would be the location of the educational requirement of the KVGA and it’s annual meeting would be held there. The Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference has grown in size and content to include a 2-day educational program with additional workshops for High Tunnels, Farmers Markets, Community Supported Agriculture, and Beginning Vegetable Farmers. Today, it is supported by a trade show of vendors, associations and affiliates.
From the History of the Kansas State Horticultural Society
100 Year Report- 1967 (updated January, 2010, by Chuck Marr, KVGA Sec-Treas)