Four seats are open in the Great Plains Region.
Chandler Cupp – Scott City, KS
Kansas: Irrigated and dryland farm in Scott, Finney, Lane, Wichita, Rush and Hamilton Counties. Colorado: Ranch in Pueblo County as well as scattered grass in Kiowa County. 50% partner in a crop insurance agency that we started and grew and eventually sold. Normally also feed out cattle at feed yards and have cows on stalks in Kansas but don’t have any at the moment. Have been an investor in other businesses in Kansas, Colorado and Indiana.
Boyd Funk – Garden City, KS
I am the owner and operator of a cash crop farm. I farm 5,500 acres of wheat, sorghum and corn. I have farmed since I graduated from KSU in 1975.
Don Hineman – Dighton, KS
In partnership with my son, we manage and operate over 14,000 acres of dryland cropland and 1,000 acres of native grass. Our focus is primarily no-till production of wheat, corn and grain sorghum. We use grid sampling and precision application of inputs in order to optimize input cost while protecting the resources we manage. Federal farm conservation programs are utilized to supplement crop production revenue. Recently we have significantly enhanced on-farm storage in order to capture post-harvest premiums and alternative marketing opportunities.
Randy Hayzlett – Lakin, KS
Until recently my farm has been an irrigated corn, wheat, milo and forage sorghum operation, however we have now transitioned to an irrigated grass farm. We raise a special blend of grass that is attractive to both horse and cattle producers. I also have a cow/calf operation utilizing native range land as well as being able to background the calf crop on the irrigated grass. I started farming in 1973 and within a few years took out my first ag loan with what was known as Production Credit Association at that time. Today my son farms with me and does most of the hands on day to day work, however I am still very involved in the cattle operation part of the business and still enjoy all aspects of what it takes to raise them.
Trista Priest – Satanta, KS
I am the Chief Operations Officer of Cattle Empire, a family owned and operated custom cattle feeder in Southwest Kansas. After finishing my MBA in 2012, I came home to the feed yard to work with my dad. Since mid-2018, I have overseen most of the day to day operations of the yard including financing and all business functions.