Region Briefs: No Kansas representative on House Ag Committee

2012-12-11T12:00:00Z Region Briefs: No Kansas representative on House Ag Committee Midwest Producer
December 11, 2012 12:00 pm

WASHINGTON - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) announced the new Republican members who will serve on his panel in the 113th Congress.

The lineup, however, didn't include Rep. Tim Huleskamp (R-Kan.), who was removed from the committee, meaning the new Congress will be the first in more than 150 years without a Kansas member on the Ag Committee.

K-State professor recognized for Teaching Excellence

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A Kansas State University faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine is one of six professors throughout the country to win a 2012 Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Regional Teaching Award.

Dan Thomson, the Jones Professor of Production Medicine, received the award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The award recognizes six outstanding faculty members on the basis of their ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods, scholarship and service to students and their profession.

Kansas environmental program announces new graduates

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Water and its importance in the environment was the focus over the past year for Kansans who just completed the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program.

KELP is a 10-month program focused on educating citizens about water quality and quantity issues while strengthening their leadership skills. Participants attended five sessions held in various parts of the state. The program is administered through Kansas State University's Department of Communications and Agricultural Education and K-State Research and Extension.

The 16 graduates:

Angela Anderson, Allen.; Tej Attili, Horton; Cody Barilla, Hutchinson; Lauren Clary, McPherson; Patricia Haines-Lieber, Topeka; Cindy Higgins, Topeka; Hoyt Hillman, Wichita; Sara Jones, Augusta; Nicholas Levendofsky, Republic; Terry Lyons, Burlington; Bob Muirhead, Hays; Michelle Probasco, Topeka; Mark Shriwise, Dodge City; Peter Tomlinson, Manhattan; Chloe Wilson, Hutchinson; Devin Wilson, Kansas City, Mo.

More information about KELP is available at or by contacting Brandi Nelson, KELP coordinator, at or 785-532-3828.

ARS honors three Science Hall of Fame inductees

WASHINGTON-Three USDA scientists have earned places in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame for discoveries that provide solutions for infectious animal diseases, improve breeding for beef production, and enhance perennial grass breeding and bioenergy production systems.

Two of the three - animal geneticist Larry Cundiff and plant geneticist Kenneth Vogel - have worked in Nebraska. The third is veterinarian Donald Knowles. ARS established its Science Hall of Fame in 1986 to recognize agency researchers for their outstanding lifelong achievements in agricultural sciences and technology. Nominees must be retired or eligible to retire to receive the award.

Cundiff has developed internationally recognized programs of excellence in beef genetics. He has been at the ARS Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb.

Vogel is a plant geneticist and research leader of the ARS Grain, Forage and Bioenergy Research Unit in Lincoln, Neb.

Briefly . . .

- At the 69th convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Leslie Smith, KRVN Rural Radio Network, Scottsbluff, Neb., was named Horizon Award winner and Al Gustin, KFYR/KBMR Radio, Bismarck, N.D. was named Farm Broadcaster of the Year. The Horizon Award was established in 1995 and serves to recognize broadcasters with less than five years of membership who show promise in the industry. Mark Oppold, of Omaha-based Rural Media Group Inc., parent company of RFD-TV, will become NAFB president Jan. 1.

- John Sandbakken, National Sunflower Association executive director, was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the U.S. Agriculture Export Development Council (USAEDC). The USAEDC is comprised of 80 U.S. agricultural commodity trade associations, farmer cooperatives and state regional trade groups.

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