Sharon Schwartz of Washington County Receives Kansas Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service Award

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) recognized members and friends at its 100th Annual Meeting December 1st through December 3rd in Manhattan.

Sharon Schwartz of Washington County received KFBs Distinguished Service award. A native Kansan, she and husband Leo have operated a dairy, feeder pig facilities, Pork Chop Acres - a farrow to finish facility, and produced wheat, corn, soybeans, and sorghum on their family farm. Sharon served as a 4-H leader for more than 20 years and held leadership roles on the Kansas Pork Council, The United States Meat Export Federation and the National Pork Board during development of the highly successful, "Pork, The Other White Meat" campaign. Recently she has given 20 years of service in the Kansas Legislature where she diligently worked to protect and position agriculture and rural Kansas for success, chairing several committees including the House Ag Committee.

Scott Chapman of Mitchell County was presented one of the organization's 10 Friends of Agriculture awards. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Kansas Farm Bureau and agriculture or rural Kansas.

Chapman has focused on agriculture throughout his life. He's been a teacher, an extension agent and a true friend of ag. Scott's retired as an extension agent but continues to remain involved in agriculture and Mitchell County Farm Bureau.