Wichita's proximity to agriculture production makes it well suited for partnering with research and value-added companies for testing new products and processes. Agricultural exports are a major economic driver in the region.
Cargill's Innovation Center
Cargill has several facilities in Wichita including its Innovation Center which provides real world environments for testing new equipment and processes in food preparation. Cargill invested $70 million to develop a new corporate headquarters for its protein division in Wichita and invested an additional $90 million to add to its biofuel facility.
Wichita is also home to Koch Industries and their subsidiaries, including Koch Fertilizer and Koch Agronomic Services.
The agricultural industry in Wichita is diversifying with resources providing raw materials for a broad range of non-food products, such as chemicals, fibers, construction materials, lubricants and fuels.
- There are an abundance of educational opportunities that offer students hands-on experience including three community colleges within the Greater Wichita region. Butler Community College, Cowley College and Hutchinson Community College offer a wide array agriculture related degrees ranging from agribusinesses to farm and ranch management.
- The region is also in close proximity to Kansas State University, which ranks in the top 10 best colleges for agriculture sciences in the U.S. according to Niche. KSU is also home to the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) one of the nation's top biodefense research facilities.