Beef has been and continues to be the single largest sector in the Kansas Agriculture Industry. Although the impact of the Coronavirus has certainly uprooted many of our lives this spring, it hasn’t stopped us from recognizing May as Beef Month, a tradition in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Agriculture is proud to support the Kansas Beef Council in celebrating Kansas Beef during the month of May once again this year.
Throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen everyone become even more aware of where their food comes from, and it has been clear just how essential the Kansas beef industry is to our state as well as to the nation and the world. Kansas, historically, is a leader in beef production, ranking third in the nation with nearly six and a half million cattle as of the first of this year, and the heritage of Kansas beef is also known throughout the world as exports of beef and beef products from Kansas totaled $1.4 billion last year. With beef cattle in every single county in the state, it’s a vital part of communities across Kansas, contributing about $12 billion directly to the state’s economy.
To celebrate Beef Month during May, the Kansas Beef Council has been providing consumers with grilling recipes, nutrition facts, and virtual tours on their social media channels. To create these tours, producers across the state don the GoPro video cameras and open their operations at homes to give consumers a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of the Kansas rancher. These hardworking ranchers of Kansas are committed to the health, comfort, and well-being of their cattle while protecting and preserving our natural resources.
Join the Kansas Department of Agriculture and enjoy some Kansas beef on your grill this May as we celebrate the important and very essential contributions of the Kansas beef industry during Kansas Beef Month.