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Economic Drivers

Focus on Agriculture
Forty-five percent of the state’s total economy is a direct result of Kansas agriculture according to the Kansas Agriculture 2018 publication. With a total economic contribution of $68 billion to the state, Kansas leaders are committed to sustaining and growing this important industry which employs thirteen percent of the workforce.

From vineyards to cattle ranches, entrepreneurs in Kansas are promoting and exporting the state’s agricultural products around the globe. Top ag exports include wheat, beef and veal, soybeans, oilseeds and products, feeds and feed grains and corn. The Greater Wichita Partnership keeps an updated listing of value added agriculture operations in the ten-county region and their current employment numbers on their website.

Important links for learning more about the economic impact of Kansas agriculture:

What drives the Wichita economy?
Agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and energy are major drivers of the region’s economy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City  tracks the most recent developments in these sectors as well as unemployment information for communities in the state. The Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) at Wichita State University updates employment forecasts for Kansas and Wichita.

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