TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture will again be served by an agricultural advocacy, marketing and outreach team advisory board. Members of this board have been appointed by Jackie McClaskey, acting Secretary of Agriculture, and will serve terms of various lengths beginning in January 2014.
McClaskey said in a news release the board consists of 12 members who will advise the KDA advocacy, marketing and outreach team on programs and services offered by the team. Advisory board members will work with the advocacy, marketing and outreach team on the state trademark program, From the Land of Kansas; international agricultural development; agricultural business development and agricultural communication and education program areas.
Board members include: Mike Bergmeier with Shield Agricultural Equipment, Hutchison; Donna Cook, owner of Rabbit Creek Products, Louisburg; David Foster, a dairymen from Fort Scott; Ron Hirst, a Kansas rural economic development professional, Hutchison; agricultural education instructor Lindsey Huseman, Ellsworth; specialty crop producer Twilya L’Ecuyer, Morrowville; Brian Linin, Chief Financial Officer at Frontier Ag, Inc., Goodland; Becky Nickel, co-owner of Prairie Harvest Market & Deli, Newton; agricultural advocate Greg Peterson, Assaria; Jennifer Ryan, a Pratt farmer and rancher; Derek Sawyer, a McPherson farmer and rancher; and farmer Ron Suppes, Dighton.
Each member was appointed by the secretary of agriculture to serve a one, two or three-year term. Members were selected based on their knowledge and leadership in specific sectors of the agricultural industry.
The board will meet on a biannual basis with the committees meeting quarterly.