Sedgwick County family named Farm Family of the Year
Brian Wetta, Sedgwick County, is one of Kansas Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Farm Family of the Year honorees.
Each year, a select number of families receive the Farm Family of the Year award for their service and leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities. This year there were 10 families.
Wetta Farms is a diversified family farm consisting of 1,750 feeder pigs, 100 cow-calf pairs and 3,000 acres of dryland, mostly no-till acres. In addition to a certified wheat business, Wetta Farms grows sorghum, soybeans, corn and alfalfa. Wetta owns Wetta Farms with his uncle, Earl Wetta, sister, Kamela Brand, and brother-in-law, Andrew Brand. Wetta began farming fulltime in 2011 when his father retired. Wetta Farms is a fifth-generation farm established in 1876 by a land grant signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. Today they utilize grid sampling to make crop rotation and management decisions to improve soil health.
Wetta is actively involved in his community and attends St. Mary’s Aleppo Catholic Church in Garden Plain, where he serves as lector and extraordinary minister. He is also secretary/treasurer of the Men’s Club. Additionally, Wetta is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2217 and served as Grand Knight for two years and Deputy Grand Knight for two years. He has been a Sedgwick County Farm Bureau board member for four years and has served on the state oilseeds committee, resolutions committee and swine committee.
Brian appreciates the work Farm Bureau does on behalf of its members, saying the organization vocalizes the intentions of the members concerning policy topics like trade, environment, regulations and politics.