Saturday, May 30, 2020

Russell County

Economic Development


Convention & Visitors Bureau



"Come Capture Our Beauty"


Ashley Wickham - CVB Director

Michael Parsons - Economic Development Director

Shelia Thacker - Receptionist

 Economic Development/CVB Website


Fax: 785-483-2827

"The best time is always right now; the best place is always right here." Greg Hickman

If you are interested in relocating to Russell or Russell County, or move a current business, please stop by and visit with Economic Development Director, Michael Parsons, so he may be of assistance to you!

"Instead of waiting around & watching others make things happen, why not embrace the moment at hand & make something happen yourself?"

Come share with us!...Russell County loves to hear of new and exciting ideas!!




Russell County Economic Development and CVB
are pleased to announce that the
Russell County Visitor’s Guide is now on-line.
It can be found at the bottom right hand corner of our website at
We still offer the hard copy edition of the guide for traveler(s) and community members. If you are in need of the guides, please let us know and we will provide those to you. (There is no charge).
For online users, please feel free to spread the word that the guide is now on-line!


Industrial Hemp Research Program Applications Now Available

Applications to obtain a license to participate in the new Kansas Industrial Hemp Research Program are now available on the Kansas Department of Agriculture website. Applications are now posted as the regulations for the program became effective today.

The Kansas Legislature passed K.S.A. 2-3901 et seq. in April 2018, enacting the Alternative Crop Research Act and charging KDA with implementing the new Industrial Hemp Research Program. The program allows for the licensing of growers, distributors and processors of industrial hemp as part of a research program. To be considered for a research license for the 2019 growing season, applicants must submit a research license application, including a research proposal, along with all required attachments, applicable fees, and fingerprint cards and waiver forms to submit to a state and national criminal history check.

All application materials must be submitted in complete form to KDA by Friday, March 1, 2019, to be considered for a license. The applications will be reviewed and background check information will be submitted to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and applications that meet all requirements will be approved for licensure. Upon conditional approval, applicants will be required to pay the license fee and then will be issued a license.

KDA is committed to serving Kansas farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses and providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. The opportunity to grow a new crop in Kansas offers potential for diversification for Kansas farmers looking for an alternative crop, or for new farming enterprises interested in cultivating industrial hemp.

The application forms and additional instruction — along with much more information about the new Industrial Hemp Research Program in Kansas — can be found at the KDA industrial hemp website: Please address questions about the applications or the Industrial Hemp Research Program to or call KDA at 785-564-6700.

Applications for Industrial Hemp Research Program; Click Hemp Above.