Kansas Farm Bureau To Celebrate Centennial in December


Manhattan, Kansas – Kansas Farm Bureau will celebrate its 100th annual meeting Dec. 2-4 in Manhattan.

“This annual meeting will mark more than a century of work for the state’s largest farm organization,” Rich Felts, President of Kansas Farm Bureau, says. “The work that began when farmers and ranchers joined as one because they knew they were stronger together continues today. We look forward to celebrating with our members, county Farm Bureaus and friends from across the state.”

The event will begin Sunday evening at the Manhattan Conference Center with a kick-off banquet featuring remarks from Felts. Farm Family designees and the Distinguished Service Award winner will be recognized.

On Monday, informational workshops, tradeshow vendors and a silent auction will be available to attendees. During the morning general session awards for Friends of Agriculture, Natural Resources, YF&R programs and the YF&R photo contest will be presented. Rick McNary, Butler County Farm Bureau member and champion of farmers who has a passion for ending world hunger, will present the keynote Monday afternoon. County Farm Bureaus and the 2018 class of Leadership KFB will also be recognized.

A fundraiser for KFB’s Foundation for Agriculture and Legal Foundation will be held Monday night that features dueling pianos.

On Tuesday, voting delegates will debate and adopt policy statements for 2019 and elect the KFB president and board members from the even-numbered Farm Bureau districts.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.