The Buzz

Farm folks talk politics; remembering Stan Clark. Bill Spiegel

Published on: Jun 7, 2004

A number of Kansas agriculturists are creating waves in the state's political scene. For starters, Roger Pine, a farmer from Lawrence, is seeking the state's Third District Senate seat. Pine, A Republican is former president of the National Corn Growers Association. He has no state political experience. The current state senator from the 3rd District, Bob Lyon (R-Winchester) is not seeking re-election...

  • In other state political news, Christine Downey, (D-Newton), will not seek re-election to her 31st District Senate Seat. The ranking Democrat on the Senate Ways and Means, Education and Agriculture committees, Downey plans to pursue other opportunities. She was Senator for three terms...
  • Other legislators with ag ties not running for office include 114th District Representative Melvin Minor, a farmer from Stafford and 12th District Senator Robert Tyson, a rancher from Parker. All told, at least six Senators and seven Representatives will not seek re-election...
  • Sadly, Stan Clark, who held the 40th District Senate Seat and a resident of Oakley, died in a car accident on I-70 May 30. Clark, a photographer by trade, is remembered by the Kansas Cattleman's Association as a huge help and supporter of that organization. "He was in constant pursuit of excellence and had high moral values," writes KCA executive Mike Schultz...
  • More than 1.7 million acres of Kansas farmground are enrolled in Conservation Reserve Program contracts that expire in 2007. This week in Fort Collins, Colorado, hundreds of USDA, NRCS and FSA officials, farmers, politicians and others will gather to discuss the future of the CRP program. Check this Web site for daily updates on the discussion…
  • Incidentally, on the drive from Manhattan to Fort Collins, I noticed wheat in the northern third of Kansas has ripened quickly. With several thousand acres already cut out in southern Kansas, according to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, this could be one of the earliest harvests on record…
  • Congratulations to the new officers of the Kansas FFA Association, elected Friday at the state convention in Manhattan: President: Dan Atkinson, Stockton; Vice-president: Sarah Sexton, Chapman; Secretary: John Bergen, Jefferson West; Treasurer: Jarrod Bowser, Holton; Reporter: Leah Mattix, Cherryvale; Sentinel: Blair Bryant, Arkansas City.