Candidate information includes a brief description of their farming operation, role in that operation, and/or business experience.
Cody Ayres – Garden Plain, KS
I have farm operations in 3 counties in South Central Kansas. I am currently raising wheat, soybeans, alfalfa and cattle. I’ve been involved with all aspects of growing and managing a farm, as well as marketing Wagyu beef direct to the consumer. I’ve served on my local farmer’s cooperative board for the last 6 years and I have a very diverse business background.
Cindy Baldwin – McPherson, KS
My husband and I own/operate a diversified crop operation in central Kansas. Our farm has a mix of irrigated and dryland cropland, both owned and rented. For a number of years, we had a farrow to finish hog enterprise, followed by a cow/calf herd, but we are now focused on crops. In addition to our commodity crops, we started a niche enterprise in 2017 growing and marketing popcorn under our brand, Papa Baldy’s Popping Snacks. We sell our popcorn through a number of Kansas retail outlets and nationwide through our online store. We also sell directly to several commercial poppers. We grow, package and market the popcorn off our farm with our son and daughter-in-law. My primary role in both the farm and the popcorn LLC is accounting and office management, and I have always had an active role in decision making and farm direction. I’m also the owner of Baldwin Creative Services – a publishing and editing business, and The Country Register of Kansas, a niche paper distributed in Kansas.
Teresa Bergkamp – Cheney, KS
My husband, son and I farm dryland and irrigated acres in south-central Kansas, growing wheat, corn, and soybeans. We utilize no-till and minimum till farming practices and try to incorporate newer technologies. While I sometimes operate a tractor, my role is more administrative in that I maintain all of the bookkeeping and coordinate the grain marketing. Years ago, I managed the human resource department of a local aviation company, which employed 200+ employees. In that position I was responsible for all employee recruitment, compensation and benefits programs.
Jeff Blanchat – Danville, KS
I farm 3000 acres of wheat and graze cattle as well as provide a custom grazing service. I am the owner and President of Blanchat Farms, Inc. and have been actively farming for over 45 years.
Kent Eaton – Eastborough, KS
My wife and I own two farms in Kansas. In Jefferson County, we are engaged in restoring both the forest and the pastures and have established an orchard which specializes in apples for cider production. So far we have completed an extensive tree-stand improvement project and are beginning the development of a small wet-land project. We are committed to improving the wildlife habitat. The pasture regeneration is in its beginning stages as are plans for a vineyard. In Hodgeman County, our operation consists of live cattle, animal feed cultivation, and pastures. Part of the land is in the CRP program and we allow walk-in hunting.
Shannon Seiter – Viola, KS
I grew up around farming with Everett and Louise Ayres. As I went through my life I always wanted to get back in the farming that’s when my husband Brad and Herman Seiter started to farm and I helped.
David Stroberg – Hutchinson, KS
Owner and manager of Stroberg Land & Cattle LC, an irrigated and dryland farming and cattle operation located in south central Kansas between Hutchinson and Sterling along the Arkansas River. The crops grown are corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and grain sorghum. We practice minimum till and no-till utilizing cover crops. The cattle operation consists of Angus cows and calves that are pastured on native grassland. The calves are weaned in the Fall and grown on cover crops and wheat prior to going into the feedlot. We practice non-hormone treated cattle to supply a special market. I am also involved in Stroberg Ag Service Inc. a farm management company.