from December 5


     Clark County rancher and farmer David Clawson of Englewood has been elected the 100th president of KLA. Members chose Finney County cattleman Lee Reeve from Garden City as president elect. The new officers were elected during the annual business meeting December 2 at the KLA Convention in Wichita. Both are part of family businesses that have been involved in ranching and farming for multiple generations.
     Clawson is a fourth-generation rancher and farmer with ownership interests in various family partnerships. The Clawson Ranch Partnership, with his brother, Dan, includes a cow-calf business and an irrigated and dryland farming operation. The stated purpose of this partnership is to “sow, nurture and grow” not only food for the world, but also people. Clawson is a part owner in High Plains Dairy at Plains and is a partner in Plains State Bank. His farm and ranch holdings are located in Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.
     The list of Clawson’s leadership involvement is lengthy. He serves on the KLA Executive Committee and the KLA and NCBA boards of directors. Clawson is a past chairman of both the KLA Dairy Council and KLA Stockgrowers Council. He previously has chaired the KLA Tax Committee and served as vice chair of the KLA Policy & Resolutions Committee. Clawson currently is a member of the NCBA Tax & Credit Committee. He attended the NCBA Leadership Institute in 1997 and NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference in 2002.
     Clawson sits on the K-State Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC) Board of Directors. He served four years on the board for Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District #3. Clawson is a past member of the Cimarron Basin Governor’s Water Advisory Board. He served 16 years on the Ashland School Board and is active in his church and youth ministries.
     He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in animal sciences & industry (AS&I) in 1986.
     Clawson and his wife, Jeanne, have three grown children. Layne graduated from the Air Force Academy and is an Air Force pilot. Ann, a K-State graduate, is marketing director for Plains State Bank. Carl, a K-State AS&I graduate, is a location manager for Tri-Rotor Spray at Ulysses.
     Reeve is a principal in his family’s integrated agribusiness that includes Reeve Cattle Company, Reeve Agri Energy and irrigated farming interests. Reeve Cattle Company is a 46,000 head feedyard started by his father, Jack, in 1962. The Reeve Agri Energy ethanol facility was co-located next to the feedyard in 1982, with distiller’s grains from the plant used as feed for the cattle.
     Reeve represents the sixth generation of his family in the cattle business and the second generation to have served as a KLA officer. His father was KLA president in 1975.
     His involvement in industry organizations has been extensive. Reeve is on the KLA Board of Directors and Cattle Feeders Council (CFC) Executive Committee. He currently chairs the KLA Water Committee and is a past CFC chairman. Reeve is a past participant in the KLA Leadership Conference and previously served as Finney County KLA director. Reeve represents Kansas on the NCBA Board of Directors and is a member of the NCBA Ag Policy Committee.
     Reeve has been a director for the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, Beef Empire Days, Commerce Bank of Garden City and Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas. He was a gubernatorial appointment to the Agriculture Value-Added Processing Leadership Council. U.S. Ag Secretary Ed Madigan appointed him to the Alternative Research and Commercialization Board in 1992.
     He is a past recipient of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture’s “Innovator of the Year” Award. LMIC named Reeve and his father as “Stockmen of the Year” in 2000.
     Reeve graduated from K-State with a degree in agricultural economics. He received the Distinguished Agricultural Economics Alumnus Award in 1996.
     He and his wife, Brenda, have three grown children, all of whom are K-State graduates. Kelley Deines and her husband, Ryan, live at Garden City. Kelley is part owner in The Corner on Main, while Ryan owns Holcomb Scraper Manufacturing. Justin Reeve works for Reeve Cattle Company. Darcy Reeve is a recent K-State graduate.


from December 2



 Record-large meat and poultry production combined with recent feedlot currentness issues are adding to the pressure on today’s cattle market, said CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach. His comments came during yesterday’s Beef Industry University session, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.
 Blach estimates supplies will continue to be large as an additional 800,000 to 900,000 fed cattle are expected to be harvested in 2017. He encouraged producers to begin reducing beef tonnage on the market.
 “One of the best ways to combat these increasing numbers is to get weights under control, and that’s something you can do as producers,” he told KLA members and guests.
 U.S. beef exports are expected to increase 5% in 2017, which Blach said will be another important factor in helping to offset larger supplies.
 Blach thinks the industry has made it through the worst of the equity drain. He believes positive margins at the feedyard level would benefit others in the supply chain.
 “For those cow-calf and stocker operators, you need to see the cattle feeder get profitable,” he said. “He gets profitable, and you’ll start to see some stability come back into your business.” 


from December 1



     KLA honored a dozen members last evening for decades of loyalty to the association. Eight were recognized for 50 years of continuous membership. They were Kirby Clawson, Plains; Floyd Crockett, Lewis; Larry Hixson, Wa Keeney; Donald Hunt, Arkansas City; Phillip Light, Turpin, OK; Norman Triemer, Council Grove; First National Bank of Hutchinson; and Brookover Feedyard, Garden City.
     Those reaching the 60-year membership mark are Victor Hoffman, Hoisington; Albert Mann, Rye, CO; and Paul Seeley Jr., Eureka. Dolores Giles of Spearville is celebrating 70 years with KLA, having joined in 1946.
     These individuals and businesses portray the key to success of KLA, which is faithful support throughout the years by those who share its mission.


from November 30


     Speakers at this week’s KLA Convention in Wichita will talk about antibiotics in animal agriculture, challenges facing the beef industry and prospects for the cattle market over the next 12 to 24 months. Presentations on these topics, as well as KLA policy discussions, will take place November 30-December 2 at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center.     Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley and former USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety Richard Raymond, a physician by training, will discuss the antibiotic issue Friday morning during the Industry Information Session, sponsored by Elanco. Apley, a professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will share his experiences as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Raymond spent 17 years as a rural family physician in O’Neill, NE, and was the chief medical officer for Nebraska before President George W. Bush appointed him to oversee the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

     The opening speaker for the convention, following this evening’s dinner sponsored by INTRUST Bank and Tyson Fresh Meats, will be political commentator and nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas. He will focus on what will elevate the general welfare of all Americans, regardless of political party or ideology during his presentation sponsored by Micro and Zoetis.

     Beef Industry University (BIU), sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, will begin Thursday morning with recognition of volunteer leaders who spearheaded KLA’s effort to provide relief to ranchers affected by wildfire earlier this year. The remainder of BIU will feature a comprehensive cattle and beef market outlook from CattleFax Chief Executive Officer Randy Blach. He will share expectations for factors that will shape the livestock market during 2017 and beyond. Blach will project whether the 2016 trend of large beef and competing meat supplies will continue to pressure the cattle market next year.

     NCBA President Tracy Brunner will address the KLA audience during Friday morning’s Membership Breakfast, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Kansas Feeds, Inc. The former KLA president, a rancher and cattle feeder from Ramona, will talk about the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, findings of a special NCBA working group studying market structure issues and cattle industry prospects under President Elect Donald Trump’s administration.

     KLA members will discuss policy during committee and council meetings at the convention. Issues expected to be addressed include changes in cattle futures contracts, Kansas deer hunting laws, additions to the state’s noxious weed list, the potential for further regulation of prescribed burning and many others important to the state’s livestock producers.

     In addition to informational sessions and policy meetings, KLA will honor individuals who have belonged to the organization 50 years or more, earned scholarships, won membership recruitment awards and graduated from the KLA Young Stockmen’s Academy.

     The KLA Trade Show will showcase products and services for livestock producers, as well as being the site for social events and meals. There will be a welcome reception in the trade show late this afternoon, sponsored by Bayer HealthCare-Animal Health Division. A Cattlemen’s Barn Party, featuring country singer Travis Marvin, will take place Thursday evening in the trade show and be sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Kansas Feeds, Inc.

     Schedule information is available


. All livestock producers are welcome to attend and can register at the door.  


from November 29


     A dozen members will be recognized tomorrow (11/30) evening at the KLA Convention in Wichita for decades of loyalty to the organization. Eight of those reached 50 years of membership this year. Those joining KLA in 1966 and maintaining their membership continuously since then are Kirby Clawson of Plains, Floyd Crocket from Lewis, Larry Hixson of WaKeeney, Don Hunt from Arkansas City, Phillip Light of Turpin, OK, Norman Triemer from Council Grove, Brookover Feedyard of Garden City and the First National Bank of Hutchinson.
     These honorees bring the total number of KLA members who have belonged to the organization for 50 years or more to 101.
     Individuals and ranches attaining 60 years of membership this year are Victor Hoffman of Hoisington, Albert Mann from Rye, CO, Paul Seeley, Jr. of Eureka and C.H. White & Sons of Council Grove. Dolores Giles of Spearville will be honored for reaching the 70-year membership mark.
     The longest continuously held KLA membership belongs to Jansonius Farms of Prairie View, which joined the association in 1918 and is approaching 100 years as a member. These individuals and businesses have a long-held belief in KLA’s mission to advance members’ common business interests and enhance their ability to meet consumer demand.
     Registration can be accomplished at the door of the convention, which will take place Wednesday through Friday at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center. For more information, click


from November 28


     One of the most highly respected voices on the American political scene is a late addition to the KLA Convention, November 30 – December 2 in Wichita. Political commentator and nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker during the opening banquet Wednesday evening.
     Thomas hosts a daily radio program syndicated to more than 300 stations nationwide. He co-writes a twice weekly column with Bob Beckel called “Common Ground” for USA Today. Thomas has been a contributor on Fox News for more than 15 years.
     He focuses on what elevates the general welfare of Americans, regardless of which political party or ideology gets the credit. During his presentation, Thomas will explain why politicians constantly fight the same battles over and over.
     KLA members and guests can register for the convention either at the door of the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center or by clicking here.  


from November 25


     The 45th Trade Show will be home to nearly 100 exhibitors and many great activities during the KLA Convention, November 30 through December 2 in Wichita. New this year, a Welcome Reception, sponsored by Bayer Healthcare - Animal Health Division, will kick things off Wednesday evening on the trade show floor from 5:00 to 6:15.
     The trade show will be open all day Thursday, providing ample opportunity for convention attendees to visit with exhibitors. In addition, breakfast, lunch and the Cattlemen's Crawl Dinner will take place on the trade show floor. KLA members and guests can enjoy donuts, breakfast beef burritos and coffee for breakfast; savory beef tips and Call Hall ice cream for lunch; and delicious slow-braised boneless beef short ribs and Chill 'n Whip Ice Cream for dinner. The Cattlemen's Barn Party will close out the trade show Thursday evening. Country singer Travis Marvin, a Kansas native, will be the featured entertainment for the party, sponsored by Merck Animal Health and Kansas Feeds, Inc.
     Whether you want to visit with your animal health representative, buy farming or ranching equipment or do a little Christmas shopping, the KLA Trade Show has what you need! For a complete list of exhibitors, click here


from November 23


     The Sand County Foundation, Ranchland Trust of Kansas (RTK) and the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) announced earlier this week that 2S Land and Cattle of Neodesha is the recipient of the 2016 Kansas Leopold Conservation Award. This award annually honors a Kansas landowner for their voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
     Owned and managed by Randy and Nicole Small, the sixth-generation Montgomery County cattle and crop operation includes pasture and farmland in the Verdigris River Basin. Rotational grazing is used in two to three pasture systems. The Smalls, who are KLA members, have purchased and leased several overgrazed pastures over the years, rebuilding the native grass biodiversity through light grazing, patch burning and limited herbicide treatments. These efforts have improved productivity and allowed pastures to be stocked at heavier rates than adjacent tracts.
     The Smalls have long been leaders in relay cropping, which involves planting a second crop into the first crop before it is harvested. Lespedeza is grown in the wheat crop and sold as seed to other producers. Red clover has been seeded as an emergency hay source during dry years.
     Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. The examples are intended to serve as a visible forum that inspires other landowners.
     The $10,000 award and crystal depicting Aldo Leopold were presented to the Smalls November 21 at the KACD Convention in Wichita.
     RTK was founded in 2003 as an affiliate of KLA. The organization provides assistance to ranchers and landowners who pursue voluntary conservation easements on agricultural land.  


from November 22


   The Kansas Insurance Department has approved a request from KLA to issue a record $2.5 million dividend through its self-insured workers’ compensation program. Dividend checks will be distributed to members during the annual KLA Convention & Trade Show November 30 through December 2 in Wichita.
   Dividends largely are determined by the individual safety record of each member. Over the life of KLA’s work comp program, the top 20% of members have received annual dividends ranging from 35% to 65% of their premium. 


from November 21


     Speakers for the December 1 Consumer Trends Forum at the KLA Convention will explain what level of information today’s evolving consumer wants about how beef gets from pasture to plate. NCBA Associate Director of Market Research Shawn Darcy and veterinarian Dan Thomson, the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will lead the discussion. They will look at factors contributing to consumer perceptions of beef production and the continued importance of industry transparency. Additionally, Darcy and Thomson will highlight the successes of industry programs that continue to build consumer confidence and trust in beef.
     The forum will be presented by the Kansas Beef Council and Kansas CattleWomen, with sponsorship provided by the Kansas Soybean Commission.
     Registration is available here or on-site November 30 – December 2 at the Wichita Hyatt and Century II Convention Center.  


from November 18


     Austin Rathbun of Lazy B Ranch at Ellsworth was the top cowboy at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, November 10-13 in Amarillo. Toby Snyder with Snyder & Woolfolk of Wilmore rode the reserve top horse, Shining Miki Sioux. Contestants representing 22 ranch teams from six states competed at the event.
     Jolly Ranch & S&L Cattle of Colorado was the winning overall team. Sandhill Cattle Company of Texas was the reserve world champion team. Kansas had four teams in the top 10, with Lonesome Pine of Cedar Point finishing sixth, Arndt & Bailey of Emporia and Cottonwood Falls seventh, Snyder & Woolfolk eighth and Lazy B Ranch tied for ninth and 10th.
     The top horse was Four Metallic, ridden by Tripp Townsend of Sandhill Cattle Company.