The Kansas Department of Agriculture will continue to provide support across the state for critical services in agriculture. The farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses of Kansas are an integral part of the economic backbone of the state, the department said in a release.

While some components of KDA’s programs will cut back their daily routines, the agency said essential services that ensure a safe food supply, protect natural resources, promote public health and safety, protect animal health and provide consumer protection will continue. The KDA said many of its program areas are well equipped to work from home and will do so as needed to assist in the continuity of the Kansas agriculture industry.

Health inspections will continue, as will meat inspections.

Information about the state’s response to this emergency event can be found the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 Resource Center.