Farmers & Ranchers Complete Business At KFB’s 103rd Annual Meeting


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MANHATTAN — Monday, nearly 400 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization during Kansas Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 103rd annual meeting.

The policies adopted will now become the organization’s road map for the 2022 legislative session. Topics of discussion included livestock marketing, carbon and health care.

Nemaha County farmer Jeff Grossenbacher was re-elected as vice president. Others elected to the board of directors include:

  • Glenn Brunkow, Pottawatomie County
  • Tim Tyson, Linn County
  • Dan Schmidt, Marshall County
  • Jim Schmidt, McPherson County
  • Jim Sipes, Stanton County

Delegates also elected Laura Haffner, Ellis County, as chair of the Women’s Leadership Committee, and KFB recognized outgoing chair Marieta Hauser, Grant County, for her decade of service in that role.

Other activities included a host of agriculture-related workshops and speakers, including a keynote from Dale Moore, vice president of American Farm Bureau Federation.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Reps. Tracey Mann and Jake LaTurner spoke during a policy update, which also included briefings from Kansas Farm Bureau staff on issues important to agriculture.

County Farm Bureaus and volunteers were recognized for their 2021 achievements.

More than $4,000 was raised through a silent auction sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Committee for the End Hunger campaign.

KFB Foundations’ Fundraiser featured Dave Lewis’ Fabulous Feud Gameshow. Sen. Jerry Moran attended for the dinner portion of the evening. More than $20,000 was raised to benefit Kansas Farm Bureau’s Foundation for Agriculture and Legal Foundation.

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Derek Nester
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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 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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