Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Adrian Polansky and Archer Daniels Midland Chairman and Chief Executive, G. Allen Andreas are scheduled to speak as part of this year's Ag Fest on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Polansky will address current issues in agriculture at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, in Umberger Hall, room 105. A free meal sponsored by Excel Sterling Silver Premium Meats will follow.
ADM's Andreas has been invited to speak on business ethics and operating agribusinesses in a global market at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 1, in the Main Ballroom of the K-State Student Union.
Polansky was appointed secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture by Governor Kathleen Sebelius in February 2003. He is owner of Polansky Farms and Polansky Seed of Belleville. He served as state executive director of the Kansas Farm Service Agency until 2001 and has also served in leadership positions with the Kansas Crop Improvement Association, the Agriculture Council of America, U.S. Wheat Associates, the National Association of Wheat Growers, and the Kansas Farmers Union. Polansky has also received many honors and awards including the outstanding young alumnus award from the KSU Ag Alumni Association in 1994.
Polansky, who earned a degree in agronomy at K-State in 1972 graduate, received the outstanding young alumnus award from the KSU Ag Alumni Association in 1994.
ADM's Andreas has served as chairman and chief executive since January 1999. He served as the company's president and chief executive officer from 1997 to 1999. His career with ADM began in 1973 when he joined the company's legal staff. In his thirty years with the company, Andreas has served as the company's treasurer, chief financial officer of European operations, and vice president and counsel to the executive committee.
Andreas is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Ph.D. in law, both from Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Ag Fest is organized by the K-State College of Agriculture Student Council. The annual event will take place March 30 to April 2.