Kansas Farm Bureau recognized members and friends at its 101st annual meeting Dec. 1-3 in Manhattan.

The organization also presented 13 Friends of Agriculture awards. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Kansas Farm Bureau and agriculture or rural Kansas. Among those receiving the award were:

• Denise Middleton, of Cowley County, who began her Farm Bureau career by serving on the Board of Directors of Cowley County and was later hired as the Cowley County Coordinator. She has worked faithfully educating about agriculture for 15 years, focusing on children, women, legislators and the urban community.

• John Schlageck, of Riley County, retired from KFB last year after 45 years as a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. One of his favorite things to do was visit with members and share their stories with others.

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