Mallory Wittstruck, Farmway Co-op, graduates from two-year KARL Program. “I couldn’t be more honored to be part of this great educational experience and be part of KARL Class XIII,” said Wittstruck. “The experience helped strengthen my skills as an ‘agvocate’ to where I can effectively communicate across different groups of people the importance of the ag industry and rural Kansas. I look forward to utilizing what I’ve learned to help our communities, our state and our ag industry.”

Salina, Kansas – “The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program helped the Class XIII leaders find a way to change their world by building on their integrity, confidence, discipline, professionalism, self-development, global viewpoint & servant ethos. Our newest KARL Graduates now possess a sense to serve and follow, in order to LEAD” stated Al Davis, President of Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership, Inc. during the Power of One Seminar in Salina.  “Rural Kansas, the agricultural industry, our state, nation and world need your leadership…now get to work!”

The KARL Inc. Board of Directors, graduates and donors celebrated the commendation of the 30 newest alumni of the two-year advanced state-wide leadership training experience. The KARL Program is a two-year educational experience offering intensive study, training and travel for emerging leaders in agriculture and rural communities.

“Our new leaders participated in nine in-state seminars over the past two years including a national seminar entitled Blue Chip, which is an executive review of a Fortune 500 corporation, a tour to Washington DC to study decision making on the federal level and an International Study Tour to Chile, providing a capstone to the intensive 52 day experienced over a two year period,” said Davis.

The next step in the learning experience for graduates of the KARL Program is the KARL Graduate Program. “Now that you have completed the two-year program you are each full members of the KARL Graduate Program, a life-time appointment. The greatest benefits of the KARL Graduate Program are to: 1) support the two year KARL Program to help expand your network 2) provide life-long learning and professional improvement opportunities for your family 3) enhance quality of life experiences through cultural exchange travel opportunities and 4) to greatly enhance network development with other state and international agricultural leadership alumni and networks beyond the KARL family network.

Board Vice Chairman Jerry McReynolds added a thank you to the more than 1,000 donor entities that supported the two year experience, “More than $500,000 was contributed as Fellowship support to supplement the tuition paid or raised by class members.  This KARL training experience carried a value of over $25,000 per person and 4/5 of that value was contributed through generous support of our not-for-profit charitable educational organization.”

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KARL Class XIII Graduates


Kellie Allen, Parsons – Veterinarian with Allen Veterinary Center

Lori Bammerlin, Council Grove – Agriculture & Natural Resources/ 4-H Agent with Flint Hills Extension District

Chris Boyd, Medicine Lodge –Crop and Cattle Production Mgr of Boyd Farms

Billy Brown, Manhattan- Agribusiness Development, KS Department of Agriculture

Trista Brown Priest, Satanta – Rancher/Chief Strategy Officer, Cattle Empire

Craig Carnahan, Altamont – Farmer, Carnahan Farms LLC

Nathan Eck, Little River – Senior Location Mgr, MKC

Andy Fahrmeier, Garden City – Construction- Western Kansas Division Mgr, Hutton Construction

Tim Flax, Hays – VP Information Technology, Midwest Energy

Matt Foos, Spearville – Farm Management/Real Estate Agent, Farmers National Company

Frances Gorman Graves, Bartlett – Ranch Assistant/Media Analyst, Graves Cattle and Equipment

Anna Govert-Young, Cheney – Loan Officer, American AgCredit

Amy Heinemann, Garden City – Executive Assistant, Finnup Foundation Trust

Trisha Janssen, Geneseo – Rancher with Jannsen Ranch /Service Administrator, Carrico Implement

Dustin Kuntz, Harveyville- Agricultural Retailer, Harveyville Seed Co., Inc

Kathy LaScala, Eudora – Agricultural Advertising, Lee Publications

Jesse Luckie, Ashland – Manager/Stock Holder – Rancher and Farm Producer, Snake Creek Ranch Co.

Laura Moffet, Stockton – Coordinator for Phillips/Rooks County Farm Bureau

Clarke Nelson, Long Island – Production Farm Manager, Nelson Farms Inc / Valley Feeds

Brad Parker, Topeka – Communications & Public Relations, Kansas Soybean Association

Shawn Powelson, Scott City – Member Services Representative, Wheatland Electric

Wyatt Rundel, Wichita – Relationship Mgr. Rabo Agrifinance

Ben Schrag, Canton – Farmhand/Accountant, Emma Creek Farms

Andrew Sigle, Osborne – Farmer/Rancher, Cheyenne Trail Ranch LLC

Tony Wedel, Moundridge – Sales/Owner-Mgr, AG 360 Insurance

Nick Weibert, Abilene – Feed Sales and Consultation, Cow Town Nutrition LLC

LaVell Winsor, Grantville – Farmer with Winsor Farms and Farm Concultant w/ KSU and Loewen & Assoc.

Mallory Wittstruck, Beloit – VP Communications & Member Services, Farmway Co-op, Inc.