Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Commodity commission ballots distributed to eligible voters

January 18, 2007

The Kansas Department of Agriculture this week announced that ballots to elect commissioners to the state's five commodity commissions - corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat - have been mailed to registered voters in districts in the eastern third of the state.

District 7 includes Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wyandotte counties.

The District 7 candidate for the Kansas Corn Commission is Kenneth McCauley, who produces corn and soybeans in Doniphan County. He serves on the Kansas Corn Commission, is a member of Kansas Corn Growers Association and is the current president of the National Corn Growers Association. McCauley has an associate degree from Highland Community College, and he also attended Kansas State University.

The District 7 candidate for the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission is Kurt Staggenborg, who grows corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in Marshall County. He is a member of Kansas Farm Bureau and is active in his local church, school board and 4-H activities.

The District 7 candidate for the Kansas Soybean Commission is James Zwonitzer, who farms corn, grain sorghum and soybeans in Atchison County. He serves on the Kansas Soybean Commission, is a member of the Kansas Soybean Association, the Kansas Livestock Association and his local rural water district. Zwonitzer has a bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Kansas State University.

There is no District 7 candidate running for the Kansas Sunflower Commission.

The District 7 candidate for the Kansas Wheat Commission is Jay Armstrong, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat in Atchison County. He is a member of several commodity associations and has served on the state fair board. He is a past president of his local watershed district. Armstrong is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics.

Eligible voters who registered before Dec. 31, 2006, or who voted in the 2004 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 may be obtained from the Kansas Department of Agriculture at (785) 296-3556 or www.ksda.gov/kansas_agriculture/content/152.

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