NEWS RELEASE FROM THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
New commissioners elected to Kansas Commodity Commissions
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Agriculture today announced the result of the elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions – corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in districts Four, Five and Six in the central region of the state.
Kansas Corn Commission
District Four: Mike Brzon is a corn and soybean farmer from Republic County. He currently serves as Chairman of the Kansas Corn Commission and as a director for U.S. Grains Council. Brzon has worked on state water issues and regulations in the Republican River Basin and been involved in several associations and advisory boards, such as the board for Lower Republican Water Association, Farmway Cooperative, Inc., Kansas Wheat Association, 21st Century Dairy and advisory boards for KSU Research Field.
District Five: Terry Vinduska is a corn farmer from Marion County and currently serves on the Kansas Corn Commission. He is a past officer of the U.S. Grains Council and is a current member of several organizations, including the National Corn Growers Association, Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas Farm Bureau. Vinduska has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in agriculture.
District Six: Kent Moore is a corn and soybean farmer from Pratt County. He is a member of the Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas Livestock Association. Moore received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in agriculture economics.
Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission
District Four: Stephen Bigge grows sorghum in Rooks County. He is a sixth generation Rooks County farmer and a member of National Sorghum Producers, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association and Kansas State College of Agriculture Alumni Board. Bigge was a member of the first class of Leadership Sorghum, sponsored by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.
District Five: Clayton Short is a sorghum, wheat and soybean farmer in Saline County. He is vice president of the Kansas Farm Management Association, chairman of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and past chairman of Saline County Planning and Zoning. Short graduated with an associate degree in agriculture from Colby Community College and a bachelor degree in agriculture from Kansas State University.
District Six: Jay Zimmerman is a grain sorghum and wheat farmer from Sumner County. He is a previous member of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and was a director for three years for the U.S. Grains Council. Currently, he is an active member of several local, state and national organizations, including the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Farm Bureau. Zimmerman graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
Kansas Soybean Commission
District Four: Ronald Ohlde raises soybeans, corn, wheat and beef cattle in Washington County. He previously served as chairman of the Kansas Soybean Association and is a member of several associations including the American Soybean Association, Kansas Livestock Association, National Corn Growers Association, Kansas Feed and Grain and Kansas Farm Bureau.
District Five: Kent Romine grows soybeans in Barton County and is a fifth generation farmer. He is a past chairman of the Kansas Soybean Association and Kansas Soybean Commission and is actively involved in several local, state and national organizations such as American Soybean Association, Kansas Farm Bureau and a Barton County Fair board member. Romine graduated from Kansas State University.
District Six: Dennis Gruenbacher grows soybeans in Sedgwick County. He is very active in several associations and has served in numerous leadership roles and on several advisory boards, including the Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Feed and Grains, Kansas Farm Bureau and the National BioDiesel Advisory Board. Gruenbacher is a graduate of Newman University and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics.
Kansas Sunflower Commission
No candidates are running for commissioner in districts Four, Five, and Six. The Kansas Sunflower Commission will appoint these positions.
Candidates for the Kansas Wheat Commission
District Four: Michael McClellan grows wheat in Rooks County. His farming operation has been featured in several no-till farming publications and he currently serves on the Kansas Wheat Commission. McClellan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Kansas State University.
District Five: David Radenberg grows wheat in Barton County where his family farm has been active for more than 100 years. He is a member of Barton County Farm Bureau, Farmers Coop Union and the Kansas Wheat Commission. Radenberg graduated with his associate’s degree from Barton Community College and with his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.
District Six: Scott Van Allen is a wheat farmer in Sumner County and is a fourth generation farmer. He has served six years as a Kansas Wheat Commissioner and is a past president of the Sumner County Farm Bureau.
Commissioners serve three-year terms and the terms will commence April 1, 2014.
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