TOPEKA, KANSAS, US — The board of directors of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association has selected Brent Emch of Cargill as the association’s 91st chairman. Emch’s two-year term begins immediately and will be in effect through April 2023.

“It is a privilege and honor to be selected by the KGFA board of directors and membership to be the next chairman of this accomplished association,” said Emch, a regional merchandising manager at Cargill. “The Kansas Grain and Feed Association is one of the most successful grain and feed associations across this great county and I’m excited to continue to lead it to even greater heights and accomplishments. The continued success comes from the value it creates for the member-owners and I intend to ensure that the staff continues to deliver for its members.”

Native to Kansas, Emch grew up working at a private grain elevator, feed and crop input retail business in Madison, Kansas, US. He is a 1994 graduate of Kansas State University in Manhattan and has spent his entire 27-year career with Cargill, spanning five states in the Midwest. He is currently based in the organization’s regional office in Olathe, Kansas, US, where he has overseen various regional merchandising teams for grain and soy processing in the Western United States.

Also at the association’s 125th annual meeting held Aug. 9-10, the KGFA selected Mark Paul (Cloud County Cooperative, Concordia, Kansas, US) as vice chairman; Andrew Fullerton (Bartlett Grain, Kansas City, Kansas, US) as second vice chairman; and Blake Connelly (Alliance Ag and Grain LLC, Spearville, Kansas, US), TJ Mandl (The Scoular Company, Pratt, Kansas, US) and Matt Overturf (Skyland Grain LLC, Johnson City, Kansas, US) as new board members.