Monthly Archives: April 2014

Alumni Updates: Harlan, Hopper, Mansfield, Fritzemeier and Knox!

The following are updates regarding alumni from the Department of Agricultural Economics.  These and other news updates will be included in a e-newsletter going out to e-mails next week.

Harlan and Hopper receive promotions

Bill Harlen and Ben Hopper received promotions within the Kansas State University Student Life Administration office.

Bill Harlan was promoted from interim director of the student activities and services office to director in March. Harlan was the assistant director for the office for many years prior to his appointment as interim director.

Harlan received his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness in 2001 and a master’s degree in secondary education in 2006, both from Kansas State University. He has been employed with the University’s student life office since 2003.

Ben Hopper, now director of Greek affairs, was the program adviser for the Union Program Council at the K-State Student Union.

Hopper received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism with minors in political science and agricultural economics in 2002 and a master’s degree in college student development with an emphasis in higher education administration in 2009, both from Kansas State University. He has worked as program adviser at K-State since 2004.

Click here to read more at K-State Today archives.

Cristina Mansfield earns honor of K-State Alumni Fellow

Cristina MansfieldCristina Mansfield earns the honor of being a K-State Alumni Fellow. Mansfield earned a degree from the Master of Agribusiness program in 2004. She is a Juris Doctor candidate at Vermont Law School. Before entering law school, she built a career in international development, working for seven years in Cambodia on democracy and governance issues and participating in national corruption surveys.

She also taught advocacy to non-governmental organizations and activists in countries including Kyrgyzstan, Uganda
and Guatemala. Her most recent consulting work took place in Afghanistan and Libya. Fluent in Spanish and French,
she aims to pursue a career in international human rights and has interned with state attorneys’ offices in Rutland and Windsor counties in Vermont.

Mansfield earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from New York University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Manchester, Vt., with partner Edward Hopkins.

The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Deans Council, the President’s Office and the Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers.

Since 1983 the program has brought successful alumni back to campus to meet with students and faculty and share their expertise in the classroom and at informal settings.

As part of this program, alumni fellows are available to meet with students and faculty during their time on campus.  Mansfield was on campus April 17 and 18.

Click here to read more from the K-State Alumni Association.

Agricultural economics alumni earn Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers honors

Randy and Kim Fritzemeier of Strafford, Kan., and Phillip and Sharron Knox of Brewster, Kan., are two of the six couples that have been named Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers for 2013. The couples are identified as leaders in farming and their communities, and were honored at a banquet during March in Manhattan.

The Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker award program began in 1927 and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farmer magazine.

FritzemeierRandy Fritzemeier earned his bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics in 1978. Nearly 1,400 acres of wheat is the main crop of the Fritzemeier operation. The couple also raises soybeans, silage, alfalfa, sudangrass, fallow and beef cattle.

The farm uses the latest technologies in AI and EPDs for cattle, and soil testing for precise fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide applications. The Fritzemeiers maintain an approved conservation plan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

The Kansas Farm Bureau honored the farm as a Century Farm in 2004. Randy, is the fourth-generation of farmers in his family to work the land in Stafford and Reno counties. Outside the farm, he serves on the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers Board and invests time in other local and area agricultural boards.

Rural communities, the Fritzemeiers believe, are changing, and it takes all community members to invest in time, efforts and finances to back and maintain each community.

Knox Phillip Knox earned his bachelor’s of science degree in agricultural economics in 1969, he also earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at Colorado State University. His family owns Knox Farms, Inc., feedlots, and AgSun—a limited liability company that produces steam-flaked corn to sell to feedlots and dairies in western Kansas.

The Knox operation focuses on employing community members, and most employees are full-time, salaried managers who are responsible for cattle, dryland production, irrigated production or spraying operations. The Knox operation produces wheat, corn and beef cattle. The farm had an early commitment to no-till and uses a confined feeding operation manure management system with application to the no-till crops. The Knox’s are 35-year members of the Thomas County Farm Bureau.

Click here to learn more about these couples and other couples honored at the K-State Research and Extension News archives.

For more information about the Department of Agricultural Economics or receiving the e-newsletter, please contact Amanda Erichsen at or 785.532.6994.



Congratulations to newly-elected officers

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club

President: Michael Porter
Vice President: Nick Wineinger
Secretary: Cody O’Brien
Treasurer: Shannon Maxwell
Membership Co-Chair: Casey Thyer and Nathan Smart
Social Co-Chair: Bryan Otott and Lucas Sudbeck
Ag Council Representative: Ryan Goetzmann

Regular meetings held first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in Waters 137.


K-State Club of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA)

President: Marie Annexstad
First Vice President – Membership: Shelby Rose
Second Vice President – Programs: Dan Martin
Third Vice President – Team Captain: Kurtis Clawson
Careers Chair: Gordon Harton
Secretary: Kylie Naber
Treasurer: Will Longinaker
Ag Board Student Senate Representative: Kathryn Clawson
Promotions/publicity chair: Amanda Bryant

Regular club meetings are held once per month, competition team meetings are held every Monday night, September through April.