Kansas Farm Bureau recognized members and friends at its 95th Annual Meeting, Dec. 2-4 in Manhattan.
Tyler and Becky Ryder, Ness County, were honored with the Achievement Award, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming and ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities.
They won $500 in cash courtesy of Ford, a plaque, and will compete in January at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in San Antonio to win a 2014 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra.
David Mugler was honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Mugler retired in 1998 as associate dean of agriculture and director of academic programs for the K-State College of Agriculture. He impacted thousands of students with his knowledge and caring attitude.
The organization also recognized its Friends of Agriculture. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Kansas Farm Bureau and agriculture or rural Kansas in selected areas:
Almeda Edwards, Franklin County, is a long-time member of Farm Bureau who has been honored at the state level and involved at the national level.
Dick Reinhardt, Neosho County, has served many years on the Neosho County Farm Bureau board and has volunteered countless hours promoting agriculture.
Stanley Dreher, Allen County, has represented Farm Bureau at the county, state and national level. He is a long-time member of Allen County Farm Bureau and served 14 years on the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
Dan Stehlik, Cloud County, is an agricultural education instructor, serves on the Cloud County Farm Bureau board, is part of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators and is a member of the Kansas Association of Career & Technical Educators. He has been actively involved with FFA and has received numerous teaching awards.
The Walton Rural Life Center near Newton was once in danger of closing. School officials decided to convert it to a charter school and integrate agriculture into all classes. These changes have resulted in increased enrollment and higher test scores. It now ranks in the top 5 percent of all Kansas schools for its academic achievement.
Carmelita Goossen, Meade County, is an agricultural education instructor working toward her Ph.D in agricultural education. She is active in FFA and is a world traveler who brings a global perspective to her classroom.