Monthly Archives: September 2013

Interdisciplinary project seeks to improve Great Plains water sustainability

August 29, 2013 – An outpouring of research funds is helping a group of Kansas State University researchers study how human activity and climate change affect Central Great Plains water systems.

The interdisciplinary group — which includes more than eight researchers across three colleges and six departments — has received a highly competitive three-year $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program. The project seeks to improve the sustainability of economically important agricultural systems, biologically significant aquatic ecosystems, urban population clusters and clean water supplies.

Melinda Daniels — an adjunct professor of geography at Kansas State University and associate research scientist at the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania — is leading the project, which focuses on the Smoky Hill Watershed as a case study. The watershed extends from eastern Colorado to near Manhattan, where it joins the Kansas River. It is a narrow basin that stretches across Kansas’ strong east-west precipitation gradient, which is drier in western Kansas and gets wetter further east.

Other watersheds north and south of the Smoky Hill are similar, which makes it a good model for other Great Plains watersheds.The Great Plains region has longstanding water quality and quantity concerns because of extreme climate variability, intensive water uses and land uses.

“Both human and natural systems in this area depend on adequate freshwater for survival, but are fragile, quickly and dramatically affected by climate fluctuations, and potentially face disaster given either natural or human-driven climate scenarios,” Daniels said. “Our project ties together the factors that drive land-use decisions and water-use decisions in an attempt to build resiliency in both human and natural systems so that the region can thrive economically, culturally, and still produce invaluable ecosystems services like drinking water supply, groundwater recharge, biodiversity and recreation.”

The research team wants to prevent future water scarcity and water quality problems.

“This project promotes interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes that are operating in the Smoky Hill Watershed,” said Marcellus Caldas, assistant professor of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and the university’s point person for the project.

Interactions among human and natural systems occur at diverse scales and environments. Understanding how human land-use and water-use decisions affect environmental systems can be challenging, Daniels said.

“We have modeling components that relate the two,” Daniels said. “For example, we can look at how crop pricing influences land cover, which then influences water runoff and groundwater recharge, which then influences the amount of water flowing to the rivers, which then influences how fish are able to reproduce that year. To really understand this complexity requires a broad range of expertise, ranging from political science to hydrology, and one of my most important roles as project leader will be to coordinate between these disciplines.”

The interdisciplinary team comes from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering.Four researchers — including Caldas; Joe Aistrup, dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and former associate dean of the College of Arts and Science and professor of political science at Kansas State University; Jason Bergtold, associate professor of agricultural economics; and Jessica Heier Stamm, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering — will develop land-cover change and human decision-making models developed from an extensive survey of landowners and water users in the basin.

The scientists will interview landowners to better understand what is driving land-use decisions and how water scarcity influences those decisions. For example, they want to understand why and when a farmer may switch from rain-fed crops to center-pivot crops. Biologists David Haukos and Martha Mather — both adjunct associate professors in the Division of Biology and researchers with the Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit — will investigate how water level changes affect fish, plants and wildlife in streams and wetlands of the Smoky Hill basin.

In the College of Agriculture, Bergtold will work with the other social scientists to model how economic forces, such as crop prices and fuel prices, influence land- and water-use decisions.

In the College of Engineering, Aleksey Sheshukov, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, will further develop a land-use and hydrologic model for the Smoky Hill Watershed. He will refine precipitation inputs to better simulate climate variations, such as intense storm events. Heier Stamm will take efficiency models that companies use to streamline manufacturing and apply them to policy-making processes to reach sustainability quickly.

“This project is a great example of collaborative work among K-State faculty from different departments,” Caldas said.

The research grant also will support several graduate student researchers in various colleges and departments.

“The project brings funding from a high-profile competition to advance K-State’s reputation as a top-quality research institution,” Daniels said.

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Six past U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture to share the stage at Oct. 21 Landon Lecture

September 9, 2013 – Kansas State University’s next Landon Lecture will include six of the nation’s chief leaders in the agriculture industry.

The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at McCain Auditorium and will be presented in a Q-and-A format. The past U.S secretaries of agriculture will be Mike Johanns, Ann Veneman, Dan Glickman, Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter and John Block.

“The Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues has a long tradition of highlighting leaders in agriculture, but to have six of the nation’s agriculture leaders on the same stage is nothing short of monumental,” said Jackie Hartman, the university’s chief of staff and director of community relations. “In addition, this forum is very fitting given the university’s celebration of the sesquicentennial and our land-grant mission.”

Johanns served as secretary from 2005 to 2008. Days after he took office, he began working with U.S. trading partners to reopen their markets to U.S. beef. Nearly 119 countries had closed their markets after a single finding of a cow infected with BSE, commonly called mad cow disease. Within his first year, Johanns convinced nearly half of them to reopen their markets.

Veneman served as secretary from 2001 to 2005. She was actively involved in the Uruguay Round of General Agreements of Tariffs and Trade negotiations, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.

Glickman served as secretary from 1995 to 2001. For 18 years he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. He contributed to the farm bills of 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1990.

Espy served as secretary from 1993 to 1994. He was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served on the Agriculture and Budget committees. Within these committees, he served on several subcommittees, including the Natural Resources and Community Development subcommittees, the Lower Mississippi Delta Caucus, and the Select Committee on Hunger’s Domestic Task Force.

Yeutter served as secretary 1989 to 1991. He held numerous positions, including president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange until 1985 when President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. trade representative. Yeutter later served as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Block served as secretary from 1981 to 1986. Previously he was Illinois secretary of agriculture. After leaving the USDA, Block became the president of the National-American Wholesale Grocers’ Association based in Washington, D.C.

For more than 40 years, Kansas State University’s Alfred M. Landon Lecture Series on Public Issues has brought prestigious speakers to campus. Alfred Landon served two consecutive terms as Kansas governor and was the 1936 Republican Party nominee for president of the United States.

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Agricultural economics alumnus is Paraguay’s new Minister of Agriculture

September 9, 2013 – Our Manhattanites wouldn’t normally be interested in a new cabinet officer in Paraguay.

But at least one local family is keyed up about the naming of K-State alum Jorge Gattini as that nation’s minister of agriculture.

Gattini, who in 1998 earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics at K-State, was sworn in Aug. 15 under new President Horacio Cartes. He has held several positions mostly in the agriculture ministry’s marketing department under three agriculture ministers.

He also earned a master’s degree in applied economic environmental at University of London, Imperial College.

Gattini came to Manhattan from Paraguay in a cultural exchange program with Kansas 4-H, staying with Norman Schlesener and his wife, Mary Alice, for about a month during the early 1990s. Schlesener is a member of Kansas Paraguay Partners, an international volunteer organization promoting people-to-people exchanges between Paraguayans and Kansans.

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Refine Your Records: Systems to improve your bottom line

September 5, 2013 – You can’t manage what you don’t measure. This common saying is especially true when discussing farm records.

“Record keeping can be time-consuming, tedious and complex,” says Kevin Herbel, Kansas Farm Management Association program administrator. “But a good set of farm records is invaluable.”

He says young farmers, especially, can benefit from collecting and regularly reviewing these financial data points. A complete and updated set of farm records, which should include production, inventory, legal data, finances and other information, can help you evaluate your business’ performance, compare your business to others and better plan for the future, Herbel explains.

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Climate change may affect wheat yields

September 4, 2013 – Growing a healthy, high yielding wheat crop takes years to master and requires hard work and commitment. Climate change brings on a series of problems, and a quality drought-resistant variety that is resistant to pests and diseases is essential.

Over a 26-year period, Kansas State University examined wheat variety yield data from performance tests, along with location-specific weather and disease data. The tests were done to quantify the impact of genetic improvement in wheat, disease, and climate change. Through the years of 1985 through 2011, wheat breeding programs boosted average wheat yields by 13 bushels per acre, or 0.51 bushels each year, for a total increase of 26%. A simulation also found that 1.8 degree Fahrenheit in projected mean temperature was found to decrease wheat yields by 10.64 bushels per acre or nearly 21%.

“Kansas wheat producers are challenged by weather, pests, and disease,” said Andrew Barkley, Professor of Agricultural Economics “Fortunately, the Kansas wheat breeding program produces new varieties of wheat that increase yields over time.”

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Study: Cutting Ogallala water use now will benefit Kansas later

August 27, 2013 – Since intensive farming began in the 1950s, some 30 percent of the water in the Kansas portion of the Ogallala Aquifer, a primary irrigation source, has been pumped out. How the remainder is used will determine the state’s agricultural fate for the next century, according to a new study from Kansas State University that analyzes the aquifer’s decline and its consequences for agriculture in Kansas.

The Ogallala, which stretches from South Dakota to Texas, is essentially a finite source because pumping is so great and the rainfall that would refill the aquifer is so scarce. At current trends, pumping for irrigation will decrease in Kansas over the next two decades as farmers pull water from deeper in the ground and wells dry up, and agricultural production will crest in the 2040s. At this same rate, nearly 70 percent of the aquifer in Kansas will be gone by 2060.

But there is a different path, the study argues, a path that requires conservation now to add years to the aquifer’s productive future. Total agricultural production over the next century will be greater than current trends indicate if farmers today reduce water withdrawals by 20 percent.

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Corn price seen falling, spread widening

August 20, 2013 – Global corn prices are expected to decline significantly over the next three months, despite concerns about dry weather in parts of the U.S., and corn’s discount to soybeans may widen, a top U.S.-based farm economist said Tuesday.

Cheaper exports in global markets by Ukraine and Brazil, a slowdown in U.S. domestic demand for corn to make ethanol for blending with gasoline and a major recovery from a drought in the U.S. will all contribute in dragging down prices, Jay O’Neil, senior agricultural economist at Kansas State University, told Dow Jones Newswires here ahead of an international grain conference.

“There are pockets of below-normal rain [in the U.S], but by and large, the crop looks beautiful, and we’re expecting higher yields [than last year],” Mr. O’Neil said.

East Kansas, Missouri, Southern Illinois, Ohio and Nebraska are among major corn-producing regions that have benefited from the rain in recent weeks, he said.

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Kansas Income Tax Institute Planned in Eight Locations

Dates have been set for the 65th Annual Kansas Income Tax Institute, designed to provide information on current tax law and regulations, including recent rulings. The two-day training will be offered in eight locations across the state.

The institute, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, is coordinated by Kansas State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics.

“This year’s program will review recent cases and rulings and key legislation,” said extension agricultural economist Rich Llewelyn. “It will cover newly-enacted regulations and procedures critical to tax practitioners, and practical information to facilitate the filing of individual, small business, and farm tax returns.”

Presenters include Roger McEowen, director of the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, and speakers representing the Internal Revenue Service and the Kansas Department of Revenue, as well as several accounting professionals.

Locations and dates for each institute include:
•          Kansas City area (Overland Park) – Oct. 29-30 – Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St.;
•          Topeka – Oct. 30-31 – Ramada Downtown, 420 S.E. 6th St.;
•          Garden City – Nov. 5-6 – Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.;
•          Colby – Nov. 6-7 – Comfort Inn, 2227 S. Range;
•          Hays – Nov. 7-8 – Ft. Hays State University, Memorial Union Ballroom, 600 Park St.;
•          Wichita – Dec. 2-3 – Marriott Wichita, 9100 Corporate Hills Dr.;
•          Salina – Dec. 3-4 – Ramada, 1616 W. Crawford; and
•          Pittsburg – Dec. 11-12 – Pittsburg State University, Overman Student Center, 1701 S. Broadway.

Continuing education credits for individuals in the accounting, legal, real estate, and tax return preparation professions are available.

The fee to attend is $250 for the full conference, which includes the 2013 Federal Tax Workbook, lunch on-site both days and refreshments. The fee to attend one day is $200.

More detailed information is available at http://www.agmanager.info/events/Tax%20Institute/2013.asp or by contacting Llewelyn at 785-532-1504 or rvl@ksu.edu.

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Conflicting Opinions on Land Trends: Can You Trust Land Surveys?

After a string of double-digit annual gains this past decade, farmland could be poised to reverse its fortunes. Unfortunately, agriculture’s most widely monitored farm real estate surveys will likely lag that reality, Kansas State University economist Mykel Taylor cautioned.

Just last week, three Federal Reserve Bank districts released glowing reports of farmland gains since July 2012. Based on surveys of ag lenders, the Kansas City Federal Reserve concluded that its district’s irrigated cropland had surged 25% and non-irrigated land 17% from year-ago levels. The St. Louis Federal Reserve reported that high-quality land in its district surged 11% in the second quarter of 2013 as the region recovered from drought, and notched 20% gains compared to a year ago. The Chicago Federal Reserve, meanwhile, showed no change in district land values in the second quarter of 2013, but overall values still 18% higher than year-ago levels. Somewhat disturbing was that parts of southern Iowa showed losses of 9% in the most recent three-month period.

In an era of instant and real-time information, few states or farm lenders compile actual sales transactions when assessing land value trends; in states such as Kansas, only licensed appraisers even gain access to those public records, a phenomenon common in western states. That means the industry must rely largely on educated guesses of where farm real estate has been and where it is headed, she told attendees at the university’s 2013 Risk and Profit Conference this week.

The problem is, neither realtors, bankers nor farmers included in many of these opinion surveys may have an accurate assessment of market conditions. Using sales data from the Kansas Property Valuation Department, Taylor and KSU colleague Kevin Dhuyvetter found that the average acre of non-irrigated Kansas farmland was worth about $2,364 per acre last year — almost 40% more than reported by farmer opinion surveys conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service for the same timeframe. The margin of error for opinion surveys was even steeper for irrigated Kansas farmland. Taylor found irrigated land should have averaged $4,302 per acre, more than 50% higher than the NASS data reported. Actual cash rents ran 63% higher than the NASS survey, on a statewide average.

NASS has been under budget pressure in recent years, so is likely issuing fewer surveys, Taylor said. But another problem is that a number of farmers may not be responding to surveys, so some counties lacked enough reports to be statistically valid. Even when they do, growers and landowners may be more conscious of public auctions and unaware of private transactions that are never made public.

Land markets are so dynamic that values may be moving faster than people who are not actively engaged in the land markets realize, Taylor said.

It’s not just landowners, lenders and tax assessors who rely on accurate data; judges in court cases use third-party evaluations to settle disputes. “It’s important we do the best we can,” Taylor said. One problem with relying on state tax assessor records, however, is that data can’t be processed in real time, so it lags reality as well.

Other databases that use real transactions may be quicker to indicate if buyers are becoming more cautious about paying top dollar for farm real estate. The Iowa Peak Soils Index measures actual appraised sales from 20 counties in the state that are compiled monthly and reported quarterly. Its data indicates that Iowa farmland values peaked in the third quarter of 2012 at a state average of $8,606 per acre, slipped to $8,410 at year-end and then dipped to $7,959 during the first quarter of 2013. Further slides are expected for its July 1 report, set to be released in the next few weeks.

That scenario squares with other economists here, who believe agriculture’s golden years may be waning. “Land values should be level to down just a hair” now that commodity prices are sliding, said Terry Kastens, a farmer and emeritus professor of economics who spoke at the conference. “The ethanol boom is done … There’s been a massive expansion of world competitors. China’s growth is slowing. We’re not looking at $7 corn the next five years. If you plug $4 corn into land values and rents, I can’t see a scenario where things can keep going up.”

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Ag Research: Double Digits to One

Publicly funded agricultural research has a high return on investment, but cuts in funding could inhibit progress in feeding the world.

In the early 1800s, the world population for the first time reached more than a billion people. In 2010, the population reached 6.8 billion. Based on prior trends, the population is expected to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, and in 2150, the projection is 9.75 billion people living worldwide.

Julian Alston“We’re going to have to feed them somehow, and we also want to increase the general standard of living,” said Julian Alston, agricultural and resource economics professor at the University of California-Davis. He spoke about the return on public investment in agricultural research as part of the 2013 Congressional Assistants Tour, hosted by K-State Research and Extension Aug. 29-30.

According to Alston, the solution to feeding more than 9 billion people in the future is more public funding for agricultural research. The availability for safe, affordable food for a growing world population is important, as is the need to preserve natural resources used for farming. Alston said future challenges agriculture face include competing demands for land and water, competing demands with biofuels, a changing climate, and co-evolving pests and diseases. All of these challenges require continued agricultural research that in the past has shown a great return on investment.

Alston has researched the impact public research funding has had on U.S. agriculture. The findings were published in a 2010 book he co-authored titled, “Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and Benefits from Public R&D Spending.” He found that $1 invested in agricultural research has a return of about $33.

“That’s a fantastically good investment,” Alston said. “There’s nothing I know that is as good an investment as that. It’s not just a monetary payoff, but in addition to that, it’s an investment in preserving resources. It’s assuring food security of the world. It’s assuring competitiveness of American farmers in a world where other countries are trying very hard to do better than we are.”

Alston said the benefit-to-cost ratio is so high because the United States is not spending enough on agricultural research. If the United States spent more, eventually it would drive the benefit-to-cost ratio down to 1:1—the point at which it will have done the socially optimal amount of research.

The U.S. Food, Conservation and Energy Act, otherwise known as the Farm Bill, budgets about $150 billion in spending per year, but only $3 billion is allocated for agricultural research. Ag research is the part of the Farm Bill budget that has the biggest payoff to society, yet it is an area where funding is shrinking.

Not only is public funding shrinking, but U.S. agricultural productivity relative to other countries has been on the decline. Countries such as China, Brazil and India are becoming more efficient and productive. Alston called this a big change in the world table and said if the United States does not increase public funding for agricultural research to help boost productivity, it will be importing more food.

“I think over time progressively we (U.S.) are going to be less competitive,” Alston said. “Our agriculture sector is going to become less important relative to the rest of the world. When you combine our slowing investment in productivity-enhancing technology with our propensity for regulating production, it’s going to be increasingly difficult for the United States to compete in agricultural production.”

There are reasons why public funding for agricultural research has declined, he said, adding that more people need to lobby for the cause. One reason people push aside the need for such funding might be the delay in payoff, maybe 25 or 50 years after that first dollar is invested. Most people want to see a quicker payoff.

Alston said the idea is that agricultural research and development is “slow magic.”

“It takes many years before the research spending has consequences in our farmers’ fields,” Alston said. “If we spend money today, it may take 25 years before it has its full impact on farm productivity.”

The research can be subtle, he said, likening agricultural research to drilling for oil. Drilling can lead to many dry wells, but every now and then, the drillers hit a gusher.

“Agricultural research is like that, and on average, it’s been a complete bonanza,” Alston said. “Looking forward, we don’t know where the next bonanza is going to be. We just know in the past it’s been a very good investment, and there’s every reason to think in the future it will continue to be one.”

Alston said doubling the public funding for agricultural research is a good start to helping the United States remain productive and a player in feeding the world in the future. Doubling public funding, to more than $6 billion, is a small amount in the scheme of things, considering how much it could benefit the United States in agricultural productivity, natural resource preservation and staying competitive globally.

Many private groups have stepped up to assist in agricultural research funding, which has helped as public funds diminish. But Alston pointed out that a lot of agricultural research and development is necessary simply to prevent yields from falling, given the competition from ever-evolving pests and diseases and changes in climate.

“You’ve got to run hard just to stay in place,” Alston said. “You have to do a lot of investment just to keep up with nature.”

More state and federal dollars for research might also help make agriculture research more attractive for undergraduate and graduate students who want to pursue careers in  science and prepare to take over for the majority of scientists who are retirement age and older.

The world will depend on the availability of public funding and knowledgeable scientists to carry the agricultural industry forward. That investment will help the billions of people around the world who suffer from malnutrition and live in poverty to become more productive, modernize and have access to markets, Alston said. Every dollar spent can help the United States continue to be a leader in this effort and stay at the forefront in feeding the world.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

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Bebermeyer family named Kansas State University’s Family of the Year: 7 members are Agricultural Economics Family

September 9, 2013 – Three sisters started a family legacy nearly 70 years ago that has resulted in four generations of Kansas State University Wildcats and one outstanding family of the year.

The Bebermeyer family will be recognized as the 2013 Kansas State University Family of the Year at Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 7. They will be honored at the football game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The family’s purple pride began with sisters Dorothy Bebermeyer Snider, Abilene, who attended the university from 1946-1949; Evelyn Bebermeyer Krause, Manhattan, who attended the university from 1945-1952; and Vivian Bebermeyer Funk, Garden City, who attended the university from 1947-1950.

Of this K-State Family, seven are a part of the Department of Agricultural Economics’ Family.  These seven include: Ray Snider, 1976; Glen Snider, 1980; Max Knopp, 1978; Ted Knopp, 1979; Rodger Funk, 1950; Lindsey (Altwegg) Snider, 2007 and ’08; and Sam Funk, current Ph.D. student.

“The annual Family of the Year competition, sponsored by Chimes Junior Honorary, is always incredibly competitive,” said Chance Berndt, junior in marketing, Herington, and Chimes co-chair of events. “This year was no exception. With more than 40 K-State alumni, the Bebermeyer family exemplifies what it means to be a true member of the Wildcat family, on both a collegiate and alumni level.”

Throughout the family’s history at Kansas State University, members of the Bebermeyer clan have exhibited leadership in numerous ways, serving as student body president, Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter president, Farmhouse chapter vice president, rush coordinator and pledge educator, engineering ambassador, admissions representative, freshman orientation leader and resident housing assistant.

Members of the family have also been involved in student senate, Blue Key, Mortar Board, Glee Club, K-State chorale and other musical performances, including two United Service Organizations tours and various athletic teams and extracurricular clubs. They have won numerous awards from the university, including Kansas State University adviser of the year in 1982.

Nicole and Andrew Hawkins, Goddard, nominated the family to honor Dorothy, Evelyn and Vivian for creating a lasting tradition in the family. They, along with other family members, are being recognized and presented with a plaque at halftime of the football game.

“Being honored as family of the year is a dream come true,” Nicole Hawkins said. “I don’t feel we did anything special, but with the love we have for K-State it’s hard to not become involved in the traditions and activities provided by the university. We love how the university focus is on family, which makes getting K-State Family of the Year that much more special.

The Bebermeyers took what they learned about leadership while at Kansas State University and have continued to apply it to their personal and professional lives. Members of the family have served the state of Kansas as a state senator, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka, a ranger with Kansas Wildlife and Parks, director of care management at Mercy Regional Health Center, a university professor and a judge, as well as educators, farmers, lawyers and bankers.

Living members of the Bebermeyer family include:

Dorothy Bebermeyer Snider’s children are Cindy Manz, and husband Roger; Ray Snider (1976) and wife, Lucretia; Janice Hanney and husband, Paul; and Glen Snider (1980) and wife, Linda Fast. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Troy Manz, and son Brendan Fosse; Nicole Hawkins and husband, Herb, and their children Andrew, Christian, Preston and Kinsley; Caleb Snider and wife, Lindsey (2007 and ’08), and their children, Cade and Addy; Paul Snider and wife Afton, and their children, Sydnie and Elsa; Luke Snider; Mark Snider; Ashley Hanney; Tara Schreiner and her husband, Danny, and daughter, Layne; Alexa Hanney; Taylor Hanney; Dylan Snider; Tyson Snider; Lydia Hoffmann; and Riley Hoffmann.

Evelyn Bebermeyer Krause’s children are Max Knopp (1978)  and his wife, Kaleen; Joe Knopp and wife, Nancy; Ted Knopp (1979) and his wife, Nancy; Keith Knopp and his wife, Stephanie; Nancy Daniels and her husband, Don; and Becky Miller and her husband, Tim. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Michelle Moore and husband, Nathan, and their children, Sarah Tarn, Megan Tarn, Max Moore and Sam Moore; Cody Knopp; Amanda Knopp and son, Conner; Travis Fritson; Katie Gaetke and husband Matt; Andy Knopp; Mitchell Knopp; Emily Hood and husband, Zack, and their children, Brooks and Nora; Mary Knopp; Phillip Knopp; Levi Knopp; Callie Knopp; Carson Knopp; Stacie Vincent and husband, Paul, and their children Ramona and Charlie; Eric Daniels; Bryce Miller; and Madeline Miller.

Vivian Bebermeyer Funk’s husband is Rodger (1950) and their children are Beth Love and husband, Dan; Boyd Funk; and Brenda Funk. Grandchildren are Hannah Love; Ben Love; Sam Funk (current Ph.D. student) and wife, Chelsea; and Elliot Funk and wife, Samantha Algrim-Funk.

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Cargill selects sophomore in agribusiness as part of new undergraduate scholarship, leadership program

September 5, 2013 – Ronnie Sullivan, sophomore in agribusiness from Paola, is one of the 56 undergraduate college students who are members of the first class of Cargill Global Scholars.

Cargill and its executives have signed up to mentor and support select undergraduate students around the world as part of the Cargill Global Scholars program.

The new scholarship program selected college students from Brazil, China, Russia, India and the United States to receive funds to help cover their educational expenses and to participate in leadership development and enrichment activities with Cargill leaders. These activities will enhance critical thinking skills and equip students with tools to help them become leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.  Adam Wilkerson, senior in civil engineering from Columbia, Mo., is also representing K-State in this honor.

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