State Conservation Commission

Updated 12/18/2023


The State Conservation Commission consists of five elected commissioners, two ex officio members representing the Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, Kansas State University, and two appointed members representing the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The nine commissioners serve according to K.S.A. 2-1904.

  • Elected commissioners serve two year terms.
  • The method of election is by an area caucus of the district from each of the five administrative areas of Kansas.
  • Areas I, III and V shall elect in odd years.
  • Areas II and IV shall elect in even years.
  • The elected commissioners take office on January 1.
  • The Division of Conservation shall appoint a successor to fill an unexpired term of an elected commissioner. The successor shall be a resident of the same area as that of the predecessor.

Elected Commissioners



Ted Nighswonger

Area I Commissioner

Jed Fleske

Area II Commissioner

Sam Sanders

Area III Commissioner

John H. Wunder

Area IV Commissioner, Vice-Chairperson

Rodney Vorhees

Area V Commissioner, Chairperson

Ex Officio Commissioners



Susan Metzger, Ph.D.

K-State Research and Extension

Peter (Pete) J. Tomlinson, Ph.D.

K-State Extension Specialist for Environmental
Quality Agronomy Department

Appointed Commissioners




Terry Medley

Program Manager

Division of Water Resources
Kansas Department of Agriculture

David Doctorian

State Conservationist

Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture

SCC Media Corner

The State Conservation Commission enjoyed the Ag Appreciation Luncheon at the Kansas State Fair Friday, September 15, 2023.

SCC State Fair 2023