Cow-calf producer and farmer Ken Grecian of Palco is the new president of KLA. He began his one-year term in the volunteer position during the group’s annual membership meeting December 3 in Wichita. Joining Grecian on the officer team for the 5,500-member organization is new KLA President Elect Frank Harper of Sedgwick.

Grecian and his wife, Barb, own and manage a grain and cow-calf business in Graham County. They background calves at home from their Angus-based herd and retain part interest when the cattle are sent to a commercial feedyard. The cattle are sold through U.S. Premium Beef (USPB). Part of the sorghum acreage is used to produce feed for the cowherd. About half the wheat crop is grown and marketed as certified seed.

The Grecians were presented the Grassland Award for Conservation Practices in 2008 by the Graham County Natural Resources Conservation Service. They received the Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker Award in 2002.

Grecian’s involvement in industry organizations is extensive. He was the 2005 KLA Stockgrowers Council chairman. Grecian is a member of the KLA Executive Committee, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors and the NCBA Tax and Credit Committee. He currently is serving on the Kansas Animal Health Board. Locally, Grecian serves as Graham County KLA chairman.

He is a member of Kansas Farm Bureau. He has served as president of the Unified School District #269 Board of Education. Grecian currently serves on the local township board and as a trustee for the Bogue United Methodist Church.

The Grecians have three grown children. Son Brent, employed by Wells Fargo Bank, and his wife, Stacey, live in Leawood with their daughters, Faith and Maci. Daughter Jennifer Durbin and her husband Derek, a dentist, live in Topeka with children Taryn, Petra and Blaine. Youngest daughter Stephanie Siders, who works for Country Club Bank in Kansas City, and her husband, Aaron, employed by Commerce Bank, live in Prairie Village.

Harper has backgrounding facilities and grazes cattle on crop residue in Harvey and Sedgwick counties. He and his wife, Mary, lease the majority of their grass from her family in Butler County. They own both commercial and registered cowherds. Calves from the commercial herd are backgrounded and retained through the feeding phase, with some sold through USPB. Harper’s registered cows serve as a cooperator herd for Harms Plainview Ranch, a purebred operation near Lincolnville. The Harpers also partner with his parents on a dryland and irrigated farming operation.

Harper is very involved in beef industry leadership. He currently serves on the NCBA Board of Directors and as a member of the NCBA Joint Advertising Committee. Harper has served as vice chairman of the KLA Water Committee and on the KLA Policy & Resolutions Committee. He serves on the KLA Executive Committee and is a past KLA Harvey County director. He is a past chairman of the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee.

Harper is a past member of the Groundwater Management District #2 Board of Directors, having served several terms as vice president. He has served in various leadership capacities with his local extension board and with the Sedgwick United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Kansas State University with an agronomy degree in 1992. Harper is a 1988 graduate from Sedgwick High School.
The Harpers have two daughters, Annie and Cora. They attend school in the Sedgwick school district.

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