KLA members elect ranchers from Graham, Harvey counties

Dec 10, 2010
by WLJ

Cow/calf producer and farmer Ken Grecian of Palco, KS, is the new president of Kansas Livestock Association (KLA). He began his one-year term in the volunteer position during the group’s annual membership meeting Dec. 3 in Wichita, KS. Joining Grecian on the officer team for the 5,500-member organization is new KLA President-elect Frank Harper of Sedgwick, KS.

Grecian and his wife, Barb, own and manage a grain and cow/calf business in Graham County. They background calves at home from their Angus-based herd and retain part interest when the cattle are sent to a commercial feed yard. The cattle are sold through U.S. Premium Beef (USPB). Part of the sorghum acreage is used to produce feed for the cow herd. About half the wheat crop is grown and marketed as certified seed.

The Grecians were presented the Grassland Award for Conservation Practices in 2008 by the Graham County Natural Resources Conservation Service. They received the Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker Award in 2002.

Grecian’s involvement in industry organizations is extensive. He was the 2005 KLA Stockgrowers Council chairman. Grecian is a member of the KLA Executive Committee, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors, and the NCBA Tax and Credit Committee. He currently is serving on the Kansas Animal Health Board. Locally, Grecian serves as Graham County KLA chairman.

He is a member of Kansas Farm Bureau. He has served as president of the Unified School District #269 Board of Education. Grecian currently serves on the local township board and as a trustee for the Bogue United Methodist Church.

Harper has backgrounding facilities and grazes cattle on crop residue in Harvey and Sedgwick counties. He and his wife, Mary, lease the majority of their grass from her family in Butler County. They own both commercial and registered cow herds. Calves from the commercial herd are backgrounded and retained through the feeding phase, with some sold through USPB. Harper’s registered cows serve as a cooperator herd for Harms Plainview Ranch, a purebred operation near Lincolnville, KS. The Harpers also partner with his parents on a dryland and irrigated farming operation.

Harper is very involved in beef industry leadership. He currently serves on the NC- BA Board of Directors and as a member of the NCBA Joint Advertising Committee. Harper has served as vice chairman of the KLA Water Committee and on the KLA Policy and Resolutions Committee. He serves on the KLA Executive Committee and is a past KLA Harvey County director. He is a past chairman of the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee.

Harper is a past member of the Groundwater Management District #2 Board of Directors, having served several terms as vice president. — WLJ