Steering Committee

Kansans leading the way in water conservation and energy efficiency are recognized for their leadership and innovation.Innovative producers are nominated for the awards by a diverse steering committee made up of statewide leaders in agriculture, water, natural resource, and energy organizations. The original steering committee collaboratively identified standards for the awards which will be used for all subsequent nominations. We’re happy to introduce the Water and Energy Project Steering Committee!


  • Dan Devlin, Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment and Kansas Water Resources Institute, Agronomy, KSU Research and Extension
  • Danny Rogers, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, KSU Research and Extension
  • Gail Fuller, Fuller Family Farm, 2013 Water + Energy Progress Award Winner
  • Keith Thompson, No-Till on the Plains
  • Kent Askren, Kansas Farm Bureau 
  • Kerri Ebert, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Alternative Crops (KCSAAC), Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)
  • Mary Fund, Kansas Rural Center
  • Nick Levendovsky, Kansas Farmer's Union 
  • Patricia Clark, USDA Rural Development
  • Mary Howell, Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition
  • Dean Krehbiel, National Resource Conservation Service 
  • Sharon Ashworth, Kansas Natural Resources Council
  • Katherine Wilkins-Wells, Groundwater Management District #4
  • Steve Frost, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Conservation
  • Susan Stover, Kansas Water Office


  • Bruce Graham, Kansas Electric Cooperatives
  • Colin Hansen, Kansas Municipal Utilities 
  • Patrick Parke, Midwest Energy, Inc.
Previous Steering Committee Members
  • Donn Teske, Kansas Farmer's Union
  • Jarrod Kneisel, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Kim Bellemere, Kansas Natural Resources Council
  • Les Evans, Kansas Electric Power Cooperatives 
  • Monty Breneman, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Rhonda Janke, Sustainable Cropping Systems, Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources, KSU Research and Extension
  • Steve Swaffar, Kansas Farm Bureau 
  • Tracy Streeter, Kansas Water Office 
  • Wayne Bossert, Groundwater Management District #4

The steering committee worked together to create a framework for judging nominations, then set to work nominating exemplary Kansas producers. We greatly appreciate their leadership and guidance throughout the course of the project!