The Wichita region has expertise in value-added agriculture — dairy and meat products, ethanol, and oilseed processing — alongside crop and animal farming with an emphasis on protein. As the world population increases, demand for animal protein will also increase, benefiting the areas farmers and ranchers. Additionally, the agriculture business is diversifying with resources providing raw materials for a broad range of non-food products, such as chemicals, fibers, construction materials, lubricants and fuels.
Cargill's Innovation Center
Wichita's proximity to agriculture production makes it well suited for partnering with research and value added companies for testing new products and processes. From Cargill's Innovation Center providing real world environments for testing new equipment and processes in food preparation, to the home of Koch Industries and their subsidiaries, including Koch Fertilzer and Koch Agronomic Services
- 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.