Marketing Advisory Board

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Advisory Board advises KDA's Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach team on a variety of topics through the following sub-committees: From the Land of Kansas, international agricultural development, agricultural business development, agricultural workforce development and agricultural education. Coordinated by the marketing team program manager, the advisory board will meet on a biannual basis at minimum.

The marketing advisory board is composed of no fewer than nine and no more than 12 members. Each member appointed to the board shall be recognized for knowledge and leadership in at least one of the following growth strategy sectors:

  • Agricultural Technology and Entrepreneurship
  • Animal Health
  • Beef
  • Corn
  • Cotton
  • Dairy
  • Equine
  • Feed and Forage
  • Food Processing
  • Pet Food
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Sorghum
  • Soybean and Oilseed
  • Specialty Crop
  • Specialty Livestock
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Wheat

In order to be eligible, board members must currently reside in the state of Kansas. Board members will be appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to either a staggered two-year or four-year term.

Each board member will be asked to serve on a minimum of one sub-committee. Sub-committees will meet, at minimum, on a quarterly basis. The Secretary of Agriculture reserves the right to ask a member to resign due to non-activity.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying to serve as a Marketing Advisory Board member, please submit a resume, statement of interest/cover letter and tax clearance confirmation PDF.  The online tax clearance form is submitted electronically through the Kansas Department of Revenue. Individuals who submit the form will receive email notification with a link to a downloadable PDF, certifying good standing. Please download and email the PDF, in addition to the resume and cover letter, to Kerry.Wefald@ks.gov.

All questions can be directed to Kerry Wefald via email or phone at 785-564-6758.

Current Board Members

Bruce Rinkes
25544 Q-4 Road
Holton, KS 66436
Occupation: Farmer, Rancher and Agribusiness man 

David Foster
385 100th Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Occupation: Dairyman

Derek Sawyer
929 11th Avenue
McPherson, KS 67460
Occupation: Farmer and Rancher

Carly Whorton
423 Arizona Avenue
Holton, KS 66436
Occupation:Rural Grocery Owner

Gaea Hock
1690 3100 Avenue
Abilene, KS 67410
Occupation:  Assistant Professor,
Agricultural Education, Kansas State University

Janae Talbott
331 East Wichita Avenue
Russell, KS 67665
Occupation: Economic Development Professional 

Justine Staten
11625 Larkspur Road
Olsburg, KS 66520
Occupation: Executive Director, Kansas Horse Council 

Mike Bergmeier
950 Scott Boulevard
South Hutchinson, KS 67505
Occupation: Agricultural Equipment and Manufacturing Expert

Ron Suppes
17 E Highway 96
Dighton, KS 67839
Occupation: Farmer        

Bob Atkisson
115 J Road
Stockton, KS 67669
Occupation:Farmer/Rancher, Ret.

Travis Mason
1360 Navajo Road
Marysville, KS 66508
Occupation: Location Manager, Cooperative