Grain Commodity Commission Ballots Are in the Mail

Ballots are on their way to Central Kansas for five state commodity commissions.

Published on: Feb 1, 2008

Ballots to elect commissioners to the state's five commodity commissions have been mailed to registered voters in districts four, five and six in central Kansas, the Kansas Department of Agriculture announced last week.

District four includes: Clay, Cloud, Jewell, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Smith and Washington counties. District five includes Barton, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Lincoln, McPherson, Marion, Rice, Rush, Russell and Saline counties. District six includes Barber, Comanche, Edwards, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick, Stafford and Sumner counties.

Candidates for the Commission openings include:

Kansas Corn Commission

District four: Mike Brzon, Republic County, who grows corn, soybeans, sorghum and wheat. He currently serves on the Kansas Corn Commission and is a director on the U.S. Grains Council and Farmway Cooperative Inc.
District five: Terry Vinduska, Marion County, who grows corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. He currently serves on the Kansas Corn Commission and is a member of the U.S. Grains Council, Kansas Farmers Union and Kansas Farm Bureau.
District six: Kent Moore, Pratt County, who grows corn, wheat and soybeans. He is a member of the Kansas Corn Growers Association and the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, and he is on the board of directors for the Pratt County 4-H Foundation.

Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission

District four: William Greving, who grows corn, sorghum, wheat and hay in Phillips County. He currently is secretary-treasurer of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, serves on the board of the National Sorghum Producers and is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and the Kansas Corn Growers Association.
District five: Clayton Short, who grows corn, sorghum, wheat and soybeans in Saline County. He currently serves on the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and is a member of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Association and Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.
District six: Dennis Siefkes, who grows corn, grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat in Stafford County. He is a member of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, the Stafford County Farm Bureau and the Great Bend Cooperative Association, and a past member of the Kansas Corn Commission.
District six: Jay Zimmerman, who grows grain sorghum and wheat in Sumner County. He currently serves on the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and is a member of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, U.S. Grains Council, National Sorghum Producers and the Lower Arkansas River Basin Advisory Board.

Kansas Soybean Commission

District four: Steve Clanton, who grows corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in Ottawa County. He currently serves on the Kansas Soybean Commission. He is past president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and has been involved in the Kansas Soybean Association and local boards.
District five: Harold Kraus, who grows corn, grain sorghum, soybeans and wheat in Ellis County. He has served on the Kansas Soybean Commission since 1999, is a member of Kansas Farm Bureau and is a voting member of the National Biodiesel Board.
District six: Jerry Wyse, who grows wheat, corn, grain sorghum and soybeans in Reno County. He currently serves on the Kansas Soybean Commission and is past president and CEO of Kauffman Seeds Inc.

Kansas Sunflower Commission

No candidates are running for the commissioner position to represent Districts 4, 5 or 6.

Kansas Wheat Commission

District four: Steve Clanton, Ottawa County.
District five: Dean Stoskopf, who grows wheat, grain sorghum and alfalfa and has a cow-calf herd in Barton County. He is finishing his second term on the Kansas Wheat Commission, is a past president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and is a current member of Kansas Farm Bureau.
District six: Scott Van Allen, who grows sorghum and wheat in Sumner County. He is a past-president and current member of the Sumner County Farm Bureau. Van Allen has also been on Kansas Farm Bureau’s wheat advisory board for the past two years.

Voter eligibility

Eligible voters who registered before December 31, 2007, or who voted in the 2005 commission election, will receive a ballot. Eligible voters are Kansas residents who reached age 18 before the election, have grown corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers or wheat during the last three years, and who have properly registered to vote.

Votes must be cast or postmarked by March 1. The names of candidates-elect will be announced in mid-March and the elected will take office April 1. Elected commissioners serve three-year terms.

More information is available from the Kansas Corn Commission at (785) 448-2626 or www.ksgrains.com/kcc/; the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission at (913) 294-4314; the Kansas Soybean Commission at (785) 271-1030 or www.kansassoybeans.com/; the Kansas Sunflower Commission at (785) 868-3831 or www.kssunflower.com/; the Kansas Wheat Commission at (785) 539-0255 or www.kswheat.com; or, the Kansas Department of Agriculture at (785) 296-3556 or www.ksda.gov/kansas_agriculture/content/152.