Greater Wichita hosts value-added agriculture operations from R&D to production to enterprise management
Agri-related facilities benefit from a supportive business environment, production-oriented workforce, ready rail and highway access for both feedstocks and product distribution, and reliable competitively-priced utilities.
The two largest privately-held companies in the United States, Koch Industries and Cargill, are heavily invested in value-added agriculture – and both have headquarters facilities in Wichita. Cargill also has both a world class food research and development facility and an oilseeds production facility in Wichita.
Regional value-added agriculture operations include:
Koch Industries – 3,600 local employees
Cargill Protein Group – 900 local employees
AGCO Corp. (Hesston) – 1,200 employees
Farmland Foods – 500 employees
ICM – 300+ employees
Hiland Dairy Foods
Cereal Food Processors
POET Ethanol Products
Abengoa Bioenergy – Colwich Plant – 46 employees
State and regional organizations supporting value-added agriculture include:
Agri-Business Council of Wichita formed in 2005 to facilitate growth of the regional food, fiber and agri-science industries. ABCW identifies emerging issues and opportunities – and strengthens communication among agribusiness professionals. ABCW has grown to encompass over 80 businesses, associations and individual members.
Ag 1 Source – With corporate headquarters in Hesston – 35 miles north of Wichita – Ag 1 Source specializes in personnel recruitment to meet specialized talent needs of ag-related businesses. Ag 1 Source also offers a spectrum of human resource solutions designed for agribusiness.
Kansas Global Trade Services – Wichita-based Kansas Global assists international marketing efforts of agri-producers, agri-equipment manufacturers and agri-service providers. Kansas Global offers global market research, translation and interpretation services, assistance with compliance issues and risk management, international credit and payments, etc.
Kansas Alliance for BioRefining and BioEnergy is a Wichita-based Center of Innovation focused on renewable biorefining and bioenergy solutions. Founded in 2009 with a $4.1 million investment from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, KABB unites private companies with world-class university research efforts to develop alternative fuels and chemicals, commercialize biomass resources and improve carbon capture.
BioKansas – Trade association representing agricultural biotechnology and other biosciences in Kansas. BioKansas is an affiliate of BIO – the world’s largest biotech trade association. BioKansas works to attract, retain and develop bioscience talent, companies and funding. BioKansas offers supply discounts with BIO national providers – as well as networking and marketing opportunities.
Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors promotes bioethanol manufacturing across Kansas.