The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Class XIII program is the beneficiary of a $25,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.
KARL is a two-year, non-profit program that provides study, training and travel opportunities for emerging leaders in the state's agriculture and rural communities. Since 1990, it has helped develop decisive, informed spokespeople to be representatives for the farming and ranching industries. Costs for each class are about $600,000.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation was established as a charitable organization in 1965, with the primary goal of making the communities of Northwest Kansas better places to live. The Hansen Foundation was established through the generous donation of Dane G. Hansen, an exceptional Kansas citizen who had a personal interest in promoting education and helping young people to succeed. Upon his death, Mr. Hansen left a generous legacy to allow others to make the world a better place. In honor of Mr. Hansen's memory, the Foundation awards grants and scholarships every year to qualified recipients who demonstrate a strong desire for community improvement.
"The Hansen Foundation was one of the original donors to the KARL program," says Jack Lindquist Graduate program director. "That they are the group that has put us over the five million dollar mark in 25 years of KARL is incredible."
"KARL has had many graduates and current class members from Northwest Kansas which makes this a great fit for our partnership with the Dane G. Foundation," say Al Davis KARL President.
Since its beginning, KARL has had 11 classes of 30. These 330 members from 101 of Kansas' counties have participated in the program. KARL Graduates have gone on to be in leadership roles in all of the major commodity associations, including the Kansas Livestock Association.