Agricultural Economics alumni updates

The following are alumni updates.  To view the latest department e-newsletter for more updates, click here.

Matt Wolters earns Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

Matt Wolters, a 2003 graduate in agricultural economics, has earned the Distinguished Young Alumnus award from the K-State Alumni Association.

The Distinguished Young Alumni program recognizes two Kansas State University graduates who are excelling in their professions and contributing to their communities. The program is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board and the Board of Directors.

Wolters is co-founder and co-owner of SureFire Ag Systems Inc., a company that designs and manufactures solutions to apply fertilizer and chemicals to crops and fields throughout Kansas, the U.S. and the world. In addition to SureFire Ag Systems, Matt and his partners founded the Dream Big Foundation, which promotes and provides resources to enhance science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math education in the Rawlins County USD 105 school district.

He also helped reorganize the Kansas FFA Foundation and serves as a member of the Rawlins County Hospital Board and the Kansas Agricultural Rural Leadership Program.

While at K-State, Matt served as a College of Agriculture ambassador as well as a member of Blue Key Honor Society and Student Governing Association, among other roles.

Wolters will be on campus in late February to speak to students.

Jake Worcester selected as assistant secretary for Kansas Department of Agriculture

Acting Secretary of Agriculture, Jackie McClaskey has announced Jake Worcester has been hired as an assistant secretary.

Worcester, a native of Hill City, Kan., has a diverse business background and is a skilled relationship builder with a solid understanding of agriculture.

“We are excited to have Jake join the Kansas Department of Agriculture team,” said McClaskey. “He brings extensive knowledge of agriculture to the agency and is an innovative thinker when it comes to working through challenges. He will be an asset as we work together with our farm and ranch families and agribusiness to grow the state’s largest industry,” she said.

Worcester is a graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He was active in student government, serving as KSU student body president. He has close ties to agriculture having worked on his family farm as a youngster and was an active member of 4-H, FFA and served as a State FFA officer.

Most recently he worked as vice president for Peak Solutions USA, a leadership and management consulting firm with specializations in agriculture and manufacturing industries. He also served as the first full-time executive director for the Kansas FFA Foundation and the director of development for the K-State School of Leadership Studies.

Worcester and his wife Hilary currently live in Fort Collins, Colo. and will be moving to Manhattan, Kan. in the spring.

From the Kansas Department of Agriculture News Service

Click here to view these and other news items on the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics news page.  For more information, contact Amanda Erichsen at


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