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Kansas Wheat Commissioners

Ron Suppes - Chairman, Dighton

Ron Suppes

Ron Suppes, Dighton, was inspired to become a part of the KWC as he felt it was his turn to try and make a positive difference in the lives of famers and consumers. He has been served on the KWC since 2004. Ron and his wife, Shirley grow wheat, corn and sorghum. They have two kids - Shandi and Shayne - plus three grandchildren. Ron considers his main hobby to be farming but when he isn’t busy with that his time revolves around spending time with his family. Ron represents District 2 in western Kansas.


 

Jay Armstrong - Vice Chairman, Muscotah

Jay Armstrong
Jay Armstrong is a second generation Commissioner, following the footsteps of his father, John. On his farm near Muscotah, he grows wheat, corn and soybeans. In his spare time, Jay enjoys flying and achieving high golf scores. He has been a Kansas Wheat Commissioner since 2007, representing Districts 7, 8 and 9 in eastern Kansas.

 

Scott Van Allen - Secretary-Treasurer, Clearwater

Scott Van Allen

Scott Van Allen, Clearwater, has served on the KWC since 2008, representing District 6. He works to assure that farmers checkoff funds are spent wisely. Van Allen was encouraged to run for the KWC by a retiring commissioner. His father served on the KWC in the 1970s. Scott raises dryland wheat and grain sorghum in Sumner County with his wife Donna and their children Lindsay and Jake. When he has time to spare, Scott plays golf and travels with Donna.



 

Rich Randall - Past Chairman, Scott City

Rich Randall
Richard Randall, Scott City, believes leaders should become involved in the business he or she works in, and serve the community and people they work with. It was this belief that motivated him to run for the Kansas Wheat Commission in 2005. Richard and his wife, Glenda, farm dry and irrigated wheat and corn, along with dryland milo. They have two children, Shelley and Tyson, and four grandchildren. When he is not farming or working for KWC, Richard enjoys relaxing with a good book in the evenings, hunting in the winter and fishing in the summer. He is an at-large Commissioner.

 

Doug Keesling - Immediate Past Chairman, Chase

Doug Keesling
Doug Keesling ran for the KWC in 2005 because he believes people in agriculture need to work selflessly to improve their industry to feed their own families and the growing world populations. Doug and his wife, TJ grow wheat, corn, soybeans, milo and alfalfa on their farm. They have two boys, Chase and Colby, and a girl, Opal Jo. In his free-time, Doug enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and his hobbies include hunting. Doug served as KWC Chairman from 2009-2011.

 

Dave Radenberg - Immediate Past-Chairman

Dave Radenberg
District 5, Claflin

David Radenberg, who grows wheat, grain sorghum, alfalfa, corn and soybeans in Barton, Ellsworth and Rush counties. He is a member of the Farm Bureau Association and a past director of the Farmers Co-op Board in Sterling. Radenberg earned an associate’s degree from Barton County Community College and attended Kansas State University.


 

Brian Linin - District 1, Goodland

Brian Linin
Brian Linin, Goodland, was elected to the KWC in 2009. The controller for Frontier Ag, he also grows wheat, corn and soybeans. Brian and his wife, Janda have three children; Annika, Mirari and Blair. Besides farming, his hobbies include golfing, boating, skiing, playing pool and riding his motorcycle.

 

Jason Ochs - District 3, Syracuse

Jason Ochs
Jason Ochs joined the Kansas Wheat Commission in 2010 in order to represent farmers in Western Kansas. On his farm, Jason grows dryland wheat sorghum and corn. He and his wife, Sarah have three children: Amaya, Conner and Cade. Aside from farming, Jason collects guns and cars.

 

Mike McClellan - District 4, Palco

Mike McClellan
A second-generation Kansas Wheat Commissioner, Mike farms with his father, Bob, in Rooks County. He farms wheat, grain sorghum, soybeans and safflower in a no-till system that has evolved from wheat-fallow-wheat to planting a crop every year. Mike was a member of the KARL Class IV, serves on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Hays and the local school board, and he and his wife Tammy own two retail stores in Hays. They have four daughters.