K-State Research and Extension News
October 31, 2013
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Farm Credit Associations and CoBank Donate $10,000 to KARL

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A contribution by six Farm Credit Associations of Kansas with a match from CoBank combined for a total donation of $10,000 to the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) Program. The donation will support KARL Class XII.

“With costs at $20,000 per person as the total value of participation, the investment for 30 participants is $600,000 for each two-year KARL class,” said Mark Winger, KARL contributions committee member and KARL Class III graduate. “We as association members are pleased to be a partner with KARL to help sustain and enhance the training program.”

“The KARL program always has and wishes to remain free of financial investment from public funding sources,” said Al Davis, KARL president and program director.

KARL graduates are ambassadors for rural communities, agriculture and the way of life associated with each. The program’s curriculum is designed to increase knowledge, contacts and skills focused on critical thinking, knowledge, expertise and on being an effective voice in decision making that affects rural communities and the agricultural industry in Kansas.

More information about the KARL program is available at Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) Program.

The $10,000 contribution is part of the Farm Credit system’s and CoBank’s corporate giving programs.


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Story by: Mary Lou Peter
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Al Davis - Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Director – 785-532-6390 or adavis@ksu.edu