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Kansans Named to U.S. Agricultural Trade Advisory Committees

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam congratulated two Kansans recently appointed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on two of six commodity specific Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACs). The ATACs offer technical advice and information about specific commodities and products.

Thad Geiger, Troy, was appointed to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products. Ron Suppes, Dighton, has been named to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds, and Planting Seeds.

“These outstanding Kansans bring a wealth of production agriculture knowledge and international experience to these USDA committees. By providing insight and practical application into discussions to help advance opportunities to expand trade of agricultural goods, these Kansas leaders will be an asset,” said Beam. “Not only will they represent our state’s agricultural industry well through their service to these committees, their contributions will help drive the entire agriculture sector forward.”

In 2018, over $3.8 billion dollars of Kansas’ agricultural goods were shipped around the globe to 74 different countries.

Congress established the advisory committee system in 1974 to ensure a private-sector voice in establishing U.S. agricultural trade policy objectives to reflect U.S. commercial and economic interests. The USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative jointly manage the committees.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy including the further development and expansion of marketing opportunities for agricultural goods and services around the globe.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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 2021 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.

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