High Plains Journal marketing director named to KARL Class XII
Sarah Farlee, marketing director for High Plains Journal, has been named one of 30 class members who will participate in a two-year program of leadership study, training and travel.
The Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership board of directors introduced its selection of Class XII (2013-2015) of the statewide program at the Rolling Hills Zoo Conference Center, west of Salina, as a prelude to its two-year educational experience for emerging leaders in agriculture and rural communities. Program Director and KARL President Al Davis says Class XII represents both the small Kansas community and urban viewpoints.
“The class of 30 members were incredibly excited to get the notice calls and humbled by the selection due to the competitiveness of the candidate pool,” said Davis.
Class XII members will begin their two-year training in August and will participate in nine in-state seminars. During the first year seminars include economic literacy instruction, communications training, conflict management exposure, and the development of valuable contacts at the local, state, and national levels. The second year focuses on biosecurity, energy, water conservation, food safety, trade balance issues, and ends with a study tour to experience the culture, political system and agriculture of a competitor and trading partner.
“This class will be headed south for their study tours,” said Davis. “The Blue Chip Seminar will be hosted by Burlington Northern Sante Fe in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the International Study Tour will take the group to South Africa.”
“South Africa is a rapidly growing major competitor and partner in feeding the world,” said Davis.
KARL’s mission is to provide first-class leadership development for agriculture and rural stakeholders by designing and offering challenging and illuminating education and enrichment programs as well as a forum for continuous engagement. The organization’s vision is to be the preferred partner in developing excellence in agriculture and rural leadership.
“By learning about the world, as well as local and national issues, KARL graduates are prepared to take on today’s critical challenges,” Davis added.
Farlee is the third to represent High Plains Journal in the KARL Program. Editor Holly Martin is an alumnus of Class VI, which visited Costa Rica and Mexico, and Jennifer M. Latzke is a Class X alumnus and toured Vietnam.
Class XII members are Scott (Bronc) Barrows, WaKeeney; Ryan Jay Brady, Ingalls; Tanner Brown, Colby; Teresa Chrisler, Notoma; Wade Collins, Chanute; Sara Dawson, Cedar Point; Shane Eck, McPherson; Riley Eilerman, Danville; Brett Esau, Manhattan; Timothy Franklin, Goodland; Rebecca Frerking, Washington; Chelsea Good, Topeka; Grant Good, Moundridge; Heather Hartman, Beloit; Tony King, Beloit; Andrea Kitch, Manhattan; Greg Legleiter, Manhattan; Jonathan Lightner, Garden City; Susie Mackey, Spring Hill; Shannon Martin, Dexter; Travis Mason, Marysville; Kyra O’Brien, Hepler; Gregory Rodvelt, Horton; Lesley Schmidt, Park City; Matthew Symns, Atchison; Joseph Thomas, Kansas City; Matthew Voth, Newton; Miranda Walz-Allen, Kiowa; and Wade Wilbur, Lawrence.