Sternberger Takes Helm at KLA

Sternberger Takes Helm at KLA

Members elect cattle feeder as Kansas Livestock Association president for 2014; Jaret Moyer of Emporia is chosen president-elect.

Jeff Sternberger, president and manager of Midwest Feeders at Ingalls, is the newly elected president of the Kansas Livestock Association, replacing seedstock rancher Mark Harms of Lincolnville.

Jaret Moyer, who owns a cattle backgrounding and stocker cattle operation in northern Lyon County is the new president-elect.

Members of KLA chose the new leaders Friday morning during the general business session of the organization's annual convention  in Wichita.

NEW PRESIDENT: Jeff Sternberger will lead Kansas Livestock Association for the coming year.

Sternberger came to Kansas from Oklahoma in 1992 after he and others bought the feedyard at Ingalls. Since that time, Midwest Feeders has added ownership interests in CRI Feeders at Guyman, Ok., Brookover Cattle Company of Scott City and Waurika Farms, which has ranching operations in Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Sternberger and his wife, Colleen, has have a wheat farming and stocker cattle operation in Oklahoma and a stocker business in Mississippi. The Sternbergers have one daughter, Robin Aviles, who lives at Derby with her husband, Manual and their two children.

He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in agricultural economics and worked for the Farm Credit System after graduation, making production loans to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

He has a long history of industry leaderships, having served on the KLA Executive Committee, KLA task force appointed in 2010 to consider changes that would deliver more value to members. He has been active at the national level as well, serving on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Board of Directors and on the NCBA Live Cattle Marketing Committee.

In addition is is a member of the U.S. Premium Beef Baord of Directors and has served on the Beef Empire Days Board of Directors.

The Moyer Operation

The Moyer Ranch in Lyon County focuses on the growing of light cattle using a combination of Flint Hills pastures and a backgrounding facility.

In addition to ranching, Moyer serves as president of Citizens State Bank and Trust Company with locations in Woodbine, Bremen, Gypsum and Reading.

Moyer serves on both the KLA Executive Committee and the KLA Board of Directors. He is a past board of directors member of the Lyon County KLA and has previously served with the Phillips County KLA. He represents KLA on the NCBA Board of Directors and serves on the Federation of State Beef Councils value committee and is president-elect of Flint Hills Beef Fest, the annual celebration of the state's grass cattle industry.

He has een involved in leadership development programs, is a past participant in the NCBA Young Cattlemen's Conference and has attended the KLA leadership conference. He also graduated from the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.

Moyer is a 1992 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in animal science and industry. He later completed course work at the graduate school of banking in Madison, Wis.

He and his wife, Shawna, have two daughters. Arissa is a sophomore at K-State, studying ag economics. Sarah is a junior at Northern Heights High School in Allen.

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