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New commissioners elected to Kansas commodity commissions

The state’s five grain commodity commissions held elections for central Kansas districts.

March 28, 2023

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GRAIN COMMISSIONERS CHOSEN: The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced new commissioners have been elected to the state’s five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybean, sunflower and wheat. Jennifer M. Latzke

The Kansas Department of Agriculture has announced the result of the elections held for the state’s five grain commodity commissions — corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflower and wheat — in districts 4, 5 and 6 in the central region of the state.

Grain commodity commissions serve the Kansas agriculture industry by managing their crop’s research promotion and education programs paid for with checkoff funds. Candidates for the commissions must be a grower of the commodity in question and a resident of voting age in the state. They are elected by eligible growers in their district.

Kansas Corn Commission: District 4, Mike Brzon, Republic County; District 5, Derek Belton, Marion County; and District 6, Kent Moore, Pratt County.

Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission: District 4, Matthew Benoit, Rooks County. No candidates ran for commissioner in districts 5 or 6. The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission will appoint these positions.

Kansas Soybean Commission: District 5, Keith Miller, Barton County. No candidates ran for commissioner in districts 4 or 6. The Kansas Soybean Commission will appoint these positions.

Kansas Sunflower Commission: No candidates ran for commissioner in districts 4, 5 or 6. The Kansas Sunflower Commission will appoint these positions.

Kansas Wheat Commission: District 4, Michael McClellan, Rooks County; and District 6, Martin Kerschen, Sedgwick County. No candidates ran for commissioner in District 5. The Kansas Wheat Commission will appoint this position.

For more information on Kansas commodity commissions, visit the KDA website at agriculture.ks.gov/commoditycommissions. Commissioners serve three-year terms, and the terms will commence on Saturday.

Source: Kansas Department of Agriculture

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