Retired KS Corn Exec Honored with Dillingham Award

Retired Kansas Corn Growers Association Executive Jere White was honored today with the Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence, presented by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City. White, who retired early this year represented corn and grain sorghum growers for over 25 years. He had served as Executive Director of the Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Corn Commission and Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. Also receiving the 2014 Dillingham Award were Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, K-State, and Bill Jackson, AGRIServices of Brunswick, MO.

White has been active in promoting feedgrains and their uses since the 1970s. He is a former member of the Kansas Corn Commission, past board member of the US Meat Export Federation and the US Grains Council and also served on the National Corn Growers Association Biotechnology Working Group. He was a founder and chairman of the Triazine Network, a coalition of growers involved with the EPA’s regulation of the triazine herbicides, atrazine and simazine. In the past 20 years, White has played a groundbreaking role representing growers on these issue at EPA and within the industry. White continues to contribute to the corn industry in the role of Director of Special Projects for KCGA, focusing on triazine herbicide issues.

The award is named in honor of the late Jay B. Dillingham, the former president of the Kansas City Stockyards. The Dillingham Award is presented annually to individuals in the business community who embody Mr. Dillingham’s legacy of leadership in agriculture.