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 Business Owner

Brice Elnicki
191 Deer Creek Court
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Occupation: Location
Manager/Cooperative

Janice Nikkel
15670 Cattlemen Rd.
Maple Hill, KS 66507
Occupation: Farmer/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
553 S. Front Street
Russell, KS 67665
Occupation: Ag Equipment

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 andManufacturing Expert

Kyle Antenen
305 N. Iowa Ave.
Ness City, KS 67560
Occupation: Farmer/Rancher

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

Brian Zitlow
10275 Kill Creek Rd.
Desoto, KS 66018
Occupation: Banking/Finance

Travis Mason
470 Bison Road
Bremen, KS 66412
Occupation: Location Manager,
Cooperative

Mallory Shinliver
5940 NE Ridge Rd.
Nashville, KS 67112
Occupation: Agribusiness