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Farmers and ranchers finish business at 100th Annual Meeting in Manhattan

Yesterday, more than 400 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization at Kansas Farm Bureau’s 100th annual meeting.

The policies adopted will now become the organization’s road map for the 2019 legislative session.

Topics of discussion included rural broadband, fence law and water.

Montgomery County farmer Richard Felts was re-elected as president. Others elected to the board of directors include:

  • George Pretz, Miami County
  • Steven McCloud, Harvey County
  • Doug Zillinger, Phillips County
  • Joe Jury, Gray County
  • Kevin Holle, Rawlins County

Other activities included a host of agriculture-related workshops and speakers including American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Executive Vice President and Kansan Dale Moore, Executive Director of Communications at AFBF, Mace Thornton and Vice President of Private and Public Partnerships for The Outreach Program, Rick McNary.

Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, along with Representatives Roger Marshall and Ron Estes addressed the organization’s membership Sunday evening during the kick-off banquet. On Tuesday, members heard from Lynn Rogers, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas-elect.

County Farm Bureaus and volunteers were recognized for their 2018 achievements.

More than $18,000 was raised through a silent auction and dueling pianos concert. In its lifetime, silent auction activities have raised more than $100,000. These funds will benefit Kansas Farm Bureau's Foundation for Agriculture and Legal Foundation.