Farm groups endorse KARL program
Kansas farm groups have donated more than $24,000 to the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program, an educational non-profit organization, in the past year. KARL provides a two-year program offering intensive study, training and travel for future leaders in agriculture and rural communities.
Commodity groups, the Kansas Farm Bureau, and agricultural banking groups, including the Kansas Bankers Association, Ag Bankers Division, and Farm Credit of Western Kansas, support the programs offered by KARL. Commodity groups that have invested in KARL include the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Cooperative Council and the Kansas Grain & Feed Association.
"Sponsoring the KARL program is not a difficult decision for Kansas Wheat. The successes and leadership roles achieved by the graduates of the program demonstrate its effectiveness. Many of our wheat leaders are KARL graduates," said Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of the Kansas Wheat Commission. "As the number of individuals involved in agriculture in the state decreases, the need for their individual voices to be heard increases. The Kansas Wheat Commission supports KARL, because KARL is good for Kansas agriculture."
Farm groups in Kansas have had a long and strong history of supporting KARL.
"The Kansas commodity organizations and commissions endorse the KARL program through partnership investments because of its ability to supplement their leadership pool with graduates that have been trained to deal with issues from rural development through international trade," said KARL President Jack Lindquist. "In fact, virtually all of the organizations have had KARL graduates on their boards and in top leadership roles. Over the past 18 years KARL has provided executive-level leadership training for farm organizations, making it the preferred leadership training program for many of the commodity leadership pools."
All funds for the program come from private and corporate support, donations and private grants.
KARL offices are housed on the Kansas State University campus under an agreement with the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service of KSU. More information about KARL is available on its website, www.karlprogram.com, or by contacting Lindquist or KARL vice president Marisa Larson at 785-532-6300.