Kansas Soybean Update Featuring Chad Bontrager

(Jamie) Welcome back to Farm Factor and the Kansas Soybean Update.
(Greg) This is the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Chad Bontrager, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Kansas is joining us. Chad, just recently we had the latest elections for positions on the Kansas Soybean Commission. (Chad) That’s right Greg. The ballots got counted there in the middle of March and the new commissioners took office effective April 1. They’re getting ready to start their term here just in the last few days. (Greg) It was for Districts 7, 8 and 9, which would be in the eastern part of the state. (Chad) The elections are done by Crop Reporting District and the Commissioners serve three year terms. So, this year was 7, 8, 9 and then we’ll do 4, 5 and 6 next year. (Greg) How does the procedure work as far as if producers are interested and then also being able to vote in the election? (Chad) If you’re interested in running you’ve got to get registered in the Fall. The process for registering, you’ve got to be a resident of Kansas, you’ve got to be legal voting age, you have to be actively engaged in growing one of the five commodities which are corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, or wheat within the last three years. Then you go through a petition process, where you get at least 25 other producers to basically sign in support of your candidacy, from at least five different counties in the District. Then you send that in and then we mail out the ballots in February and eligible voters have to register with the Kansas Department of Ag and they also have to be producers of the commodity for which they’re voting. So corn producers get to vote for corn commissioners, basically. (Greg) And as you mentioned through the Crop Reporting Districts, it kind of switches every year as far as the election is concerned and that really goes for all of the Commissions that are out there. (Chad) That’s right. They’re all on a three-year cycle and so the cycle that we just finished up included all five Commissions in District 7, 8, 9. And we will do all five Commissions for the seats in the next set of Districts next year. (Greg) In the case of District 8 for the Soybean Commission, if no one runs and then the Soybean Commission itself, they’ll appoint the position? (Chad) That’s right. We had a couple of cases this year where there wasn’t a candidate. One was the Soybean Commission in District 8, so in the absence of a candidate the Commission will vote to appoint someone to that position. (Greg) Hey Chad, I appreciate your time. Thank you every much. (Chad) Thanks Greg, appreciate the opportunity. (Greg) That is Chad Bontrager, Kansas Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, he joins us on the Kansas Soybean Update. It’s brought to you by the Kansas Soybean Commission. The Soybean Checkoff, Progress Powered by Kansas Farmers. Learn more at kansassoybeans.org. For Kansas Soybeans, I’m Greg Akagi.
(Jamie) Hope you enjoyed this week’s Kansas Soybean Update. After the break we’ll catch up with Kyle Bauer and Scott Daily, a nationally known horse trainer.

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