KLA Presented Don L. Good Impact Award
K-State ASI alumni and friends reunite during fifth annual Family & Friends Reunion.
Laughter and 'music filled the chilly evening as Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) alumni and supporters gathered on Friday, October 4, at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan, Kansas. This evening marked the fifth annual K-State ASI Family & Friends Reunion.
More than 1,300 attendees took the opportunity to reunite with each other and interact with current and former students, faculty and staff. The annual event is hosted by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC) in cooperation with the ASI department.
The highlight of the evening each year is the presentation of the Don L. Good Impact Award, which recognizes a person or entity that has had an impact on the livestock and agricultural industry. The 2019
Don L. Good Impact Award was given to the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA).
KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent beef producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in many aspects of the livestock industry, including seedstock, cow-calf and stocker cattle production, cattle feeding, dairy production, swine production, grazing land management and diversified farming operations. The association's work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its more than 5,500 members.
KLA, with headquarters in Topeka, was formed in 1894 when a group of more than 100 Flint Hills ranchers met in Emporia to discuss cattle theft problems and unreasonable railroad freight rates. KLA works toward a better business climate for ranchers and feeders by representing members' interests on legislative and regulatory issues and helping to enhance their ability to meet consumer demand.
Justin Janssen, LMIC board member and a member of the award's nominating committee, explains the impact of KLA beyond the state level. "Many KLA members have served the livestock industry nationally in leadership roles. KLA is widely respected both statewide and nationally," he says.
Along with the members of KLA, the staff and leaders of the organization contribute greatly to the positive reputation KLA has built. Thirty of the 43 current KLA employees are graduates of Kansas State University, demonstrating the organization's relationship with the university.
Receiving the Don L. Good Impact Award further signifies the relationship and mutual support between KLA and K-State. The award serves as recognition of the positive contributions of KLA to the Kansas agriculture industry.
"There are a lot of reasons why KLA was selected as the Don L. Good Impact awardee in 2019," Janssen explains. "KLA has had the livestock and meat producer and industry's best interest at the heart of their mission since the inception of KLA in the late 1800s. The selection committee and the LMIC board want to honor and recognize the positive influence and leadership that KLA staff, leaders and members have on the state of Kansas and the nation. KLA continues to make an impact daily and certainly fits the criteria for the Don L Good Impact Award."
The award, presented by LMIC, is named in honor of Good, who is a former ASI department head, and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture.
Event coordinators strive to create a family atmosphere through entertainment, food and activities that is enjoyed by K-Staters of all ages. Live performances by the KSU Marching Band and live entertainment by the Too Many Degrees Band, featuring KSU ASI Professor Dr. David Grieger, entertained the crowd. Wildcats of all ages enjoyed a visit by Willie the Wildcat. A meal including a variety of meat choices was topped off with legendary Call Hall Ice Cream.
While adults were reuniting, the Junior Wildcat Barnyard provided entertainment for future K-Staters. Kids of all ages enjoyed life-size rocking horses, rope making, playing in the dirt with farm toys, practicing their roping skills and making s'mores.
The ASI Family & Friends Reunion provides countless opportunities for current, past and future generations of K-Staters to connect, reunite and enjoy an evening of fun, food and fellowship. For photo and video highlights visit the event's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KStateFamilyAndFriends.
The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education. The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science and food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills. For more about the K-State's ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.
The Livestock and Meat Industry Council is dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary research that identifies and addresses issues/opportunities facing animal agriculture and the efficient production of food. The Council solicits volunteer contributions including money, land, livestock, equipment and other bequests in support of approved priorities and initiatives within the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, in cooperation with the College of Agriculture at K-State.