KANSAS STATE COUNCIL 

MIKE MCCLELLAN, VICE CHAIRMAN
KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION

MARK NELSON, DIRECTOR OF COMMODITIES
KANSAS FARM BUREAU

AARON POPELKA, VP OF LEGAL AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
KANSAS LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION

IVRY KARAMITROS, DIRECTOR
WORLD TRADE CENTER KANSAS CITY

DAVID SCHEMM, VICE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS

BOB TIMMONS
KANSAS CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION

TERRY VINDUSKa
KANSAS CORN COMMISSION

Ken Wood, Vice President
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers

Chris Gutierrez, President
KC SmartPort

Jay Armstrong, Past Chairman
Kansas Wheat Commission

Pat Damman
Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association

Kevin Ekstrand, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Scarbrough International

Lucas Heinen, Vice President
Kansas Soybean Association

Dennis Hupe, Director of Field Services
Kansas Soybean Commission

Brian Linin, Chairman
Kansas Wheat Commission

Mike Jordan, President
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers

Leslie Kaufman, President/CEO
Kansas Cooperative Council

DOUG KEESLING, CO-CHAIR
USACC STATE SUPPORT COMMITTEE


Kansas' STATE CHAMPIONS

The Wichita Eagle: Op-Ed: Opening trade helps Cuba, Kansas

by Mike Jordan

With current decade-low commodity prices and pressures on the U.S. agriculture economy, we need to be strengthening trade relationships, not prohibiting them.

Butler County Times-Gazette: Cuban Millers Meet Kansas Farmers

An informational exchange with a group of Cuban flour mill professionals will be hosted by Kansas Wheat this week. The millers represent two of the six flour mills in Cuba and the even will allow these Cuban millers to experience Kansas farming and its wheat industry first hand.

The Washington Times: Kansas ag groups push for lifting of trade embargo with Cuba

The Wichita Eagle reports that Engage Cuba's State Council includes representatives of the Kansas Wheat Commission, Soybean Association, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Livestock Association, and the Kansas Corn Growers Association.

Kansas Wheat: Wheat farmer, ag leaders share desire to open up trade with Cuba

Agriculture leaders representing America’s grain farmers and ag equipment manufacturers expressed their passion for overcoming obstacles to restore agricultural trade with Cuba during a U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) event at Commodity Classic. 

Wichita Business Journal: From Kansas to Cuba

As a fifth-generation farmer, Doug Keesling’s livelihood depends on his ability to sell crops in as many markets as possible, even if that includes exporting to a foreign country.

The Topeka Capital-Journal: Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas agriculture secretary call for Cuba trade expansion

In U.S. Senate testimony Tuesday, a former chairman of the Kansas Wheat Commission joined Sen. Pat Roberts in calling on Congress to expand agricultural trade with Cuba. 

NBC Local: Trade with Cuba, opportunity for Kansas Wheat

Wheat is Cuba’s second largest import. “Right now they’re getting that all from Europe and Canada,” said Gary Millershaski, President of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.

Kansas Agland: Working to Break Down Barriers in Cuba

With each trip, Rice County farmer Doug Keesling is seeing a different Cuba. The fifth-generation farmer sat at his kitchen table one spring afternoon, wheat fields surrounding his farmstead. 

Fox News Latino: Kansas hoping relations with Cuba opens up opportunities to export wheat

President Barack Obama's announcement this week to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease some economic restrictions has been closely followed in Kansas, as the move could open up a major market for winter wheat producers.

The Washington Times: Kansas farmer working to break down barriers in Cuba

With each trip, Rice County farmer Doug Keesling is seeing a different Cuba. The fifth-generation farmer sat at his kitchen table one spring afternoon, wheat fields surrounding his farmstead. 

The Kansas City Star: Missouri, Kansas groups to urge business with Cuba

The Engage Cuba Coalition, a national group, on Monday will announce formation of the Engage Cuba Kansas State Council and the Engage Cuba Missouri State Council. 

The High Plains Journal: Engage Cuba and Kansas farmers launch state council

Kansas farm leaders and Engage Cuba gathered in Olathe, Kansas, Sept. 19 to form the Engage Cuba Kansas State Council.