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Governor makes appointments to commissions, boards


Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced numerous appointments to boards and commissions.

"I am proud to announce these Kansans to their respective boards and commissions," Brownback said. "I am confident that these individuals will utilize their experience and expertise in their respective trades to work to make Kansas even better."

Boards include the following agriculture-related appointments.

The Kansas Agriculture Products Development Board is a part of the Department of Commerce. The board assumes all powers, duties and functions related to the agricultural value added center and regarding the division of markets.

--Dennis Shurtz, Arkansas City, is currently the CEO/president of AAS Oil Company, Shurtz Commodity Trading Company, Grainland Farms, Inc., and Shurtz Real Estate Investments. Shurtz earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

The Kansas Dairy Marketing Advisory Board consists of five appointed members who work closely with the Department of Agriculture to study and evaluate the need for establishing a statewide milk marketing order.

--Steven Ohlde, Linn, is a fourth-generation dairy and crop farmer who has owned and operated Ohlde's Dairy in Linn, Kan., for more than 34 years. Ohlde is also a member of the USD 223 Board of Education and a member of the Midwest Dairy Association.

The Kansas Animal Health Board is a nine-member board appointed by the governor. Members serve in an advisory capacity to the livestock commissioner. Their work aids the commissioner in determining policies and plans relating to his office.

--Thomas Frederick, Hugoton, is currently the Owner of Prairie View Farms, LLC. - a 60,000 head hog finishing operation in Kansas. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Business.

--Steven Estes, Atchison, operates Atchison County Auction Co. Inc. and is also part owner and operator of Estes Cattle Inc. Estes graduated from Kansas State University.

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