Acting Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey has appointed members to begin serving on the agricultural advocacy, marketing and outreach team advisory board beginning in January.
"The Department of Agriculture is proud to serve the state's largest industry and this re-established advisory board will assist our nine-member marketing team as they strive to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that encourages growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of agriculture," McClaskey said.
About the board
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.
The 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 Kansas farmer and rancher from Pratt; Derek Sawyer, a Kansas farmer and ranchers from McPherson, 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.
To be eligible, the board members must currently reside in Kansas and will be asked to serve on a minimum of one sub-committee.
The board will meet on a biannual basis with the committees meeting quarterly.