Ron Brown

Ron Brown is a farmer in Bourbon County near Fort Scott, Kansas. He has been producing for the Fort Scott Farmers Market for 15 years and has farmed his entire life. His production includes strawberries, blackberries, potatoes, tomatoes, and many other vegetables. His primary crop is pumpkins and fall decorations. He was appointed chairman [...]

Ron Brown2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Patty Clark

Patty Clark currently serves as USDA Rural Development State Director in Kansas. She oversees five field offices and the state office located in Topeka, Kansas. Rural Development administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and community facility programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities. Prior to her current appointment, Clark [...]

Patty Clark2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Bill Dorsett

Bill Dorsett began installing solar thermal systems with the Carter administration and with the collapse of that era’s tax credits, switched to passive attached solar greenhouses. With the construction of Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Station, he began installing remote photovoltaic pumping and power supplies. In 2005 he installed one of the first string inverter [...]

Bill Dorsett2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Thomas Driscoll

Tom Driscoll works on environmental, conservation, energy and climate issues on behalf of family farmers with National Farmers Union. Before joining NFU, he contributed several articles to the online news outletAgri-Pulse and submitted a successful USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant application for Grow Youngstown. He was also a summer law clerk with Midwest Environmental Advocates, in [...]

Thomas Driscoll2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Tom Giessel

Tom Giessel is a farmer in Pawnee County near Larned, Kansas. He raises wheat, corn, milo, and alfalfa in partnership with his brother, Jay. Tom has been active in Farmers Union all of his life, serving as vice president of the Kansas Farmers Union for nearly two decades. He has also served Farmers Union [...]

Tom Giessel2016-11-04T21:46:15-05:00

Sarah Green

Sarah Green is a writer, editor and consultant with experience communicating with diverse audiences, from farmers to chefs to government officials. A graduate of the University of Kansas journalism school, she has written for local and national publications including The Hutchinson News, the KHI News Service and Saveur magazine. She is also a consultant to non-profit foundations, [...]

Sarah Green2016-11-04T21:46:16-05:00

Cherri Harrington Harper

Dr. Cheryl (Cherri) Harrington Harper, PhD, LSCSW, BCB, is the Vice President and cofounder of the Flint Hills Renewable Energy and Efficiency Cooperative, Inc. (FHREEC). Cherri grew up in southeast Kansas and is the great-granddaughter of a homesteading farming family near Devon, Kansas in Bourbon County. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a [...]

Cherri Harrington Harper2016-11-04T21:46:19-05:00

Tom Hawk

Tom Hawk is currently serving as State Senator, District 22, representing Riley, Clay and parts of Geary Counties. Prior to election in November 2012, Dr. Hawk served as the Executive Director of the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) of Kansas. From 2005 until 2010, Dr. Hawk served three terms in the Kansas House, representing [...]

Tom Hawk2016-11-04T21:46:19-05:00

Gary LaGrange

Gary LaGrange is the CEO of Soldier Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE), a 501C3 corporation in the process of developing a training farm for veterans and transitioning military. While the 155 acre farm is being designed by Kansas State University, he arranges soldier tours of farms and supporting farm organizations to facilitate their transition into [...]

Gary LaGrange2016-11-04T21:46:19-05:00

Missty Lechner

Missty Lechner graduated from Washburn University with her bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion. She was the Worksite Wellness Specialist and Program Manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for 5 years managing cardiovascular health, arthritis management, and worksite health promotion efforts before starting her currently position in 2013 at the [...]

Missty Lechner2016-11-04T21:46:19-05:00