Four seats are open in the Heartland Region.
Robert Atkisson – Stockton, KS
I have a general farm operation. We raise wheat, grain sorghum, and several different forages in a rotation. We also have both spring and fall calving herds where we try to maintain ownership of the calves until they are ready for the feedlot. I am the general manager of this operation along with my son. I have had this role for close to fifty years.
Greg Brenneman – Solomon, KS
Diversified farming/ranching operation raising corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, oats, cow/calf.
Teresa Bergkamp – Cheney, KS
My husband and I produce dryland and irrigated crops, along with our son who has joined our operation. My role is primarily administrative and financial in nature, but I am still called upon to operate a tractor or truck as needed. When I first graduated from college, I worked as a Human Resources Manager for 5 years in a company with approx. 200 employees and was responsible for recruitment, compensation & benefits administration.
Jim Cooprider – McPherson, KS
Dryland and Irrigated. Stocker-Grazer Operation. Decisions pertaining to marketing and banking in the everyday business.
Ty Feldkamp – Lincoln, KS
I have been a managing partner of Lone Rock Ranch for 10 years where we raise beef cattle and grow wheat, milo, alfalfa, and oat hay. I spend most of my time managing the cow herd, performing machinery repairs, and sourcing inputs for the operation.
Dennis Swayze – Coldwater, KS
I am the owner/operator of a dry-land farming operation combined with a cow/calf ranch. This is a family farm operated in conjunction with my two sons. We farm about 1,200 acres of wheat, milo, and feed for haying. We run 650 cow/calf pairs. We usually sell half of the calves in the fall and retain ownership on the rest until spring.