Ron Rahjes of Kensington, Kan. has designated $10,000 to be contributed by CoBank to the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) Program for 2013 on his behalf.
Rahjes is a member of the cooperative bank’s board of directors. He is a partner in a family farming corporation that produces wheat, corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum, and is owner of R&C Tax Service, an accounting and tax firm in Kensington.
KARL is a two-year, non-profit program that provides study, training and travel opportunities for emerging leaders in the state’s agriculture and rural communities. Since 1990, it has helped develop decisive, informed spokespeople to be representatives for the farming and ranching industries. Costs for each class are about $600,000.
“The generosity of donors such as CoBank is critically important to the continuation of our efforts to create ambassadors for rural communities, agriculture and the way of life associated with each of those,” said Al Davis, president of KARL. “This gift will benefit the current Class XII members by helping us maintain a cutting edge training experience for rural Kansas leaders.”
Rahjes was a member of KARL’s first class and attributes his leadership roles at the local through national levels to his KARL experience. Since his class of 30 graduated, more than 330 more participants from 101 of Kansas’ counties have participated in the program, which includes 12 seminar series.
“I had the distinct privilege of being selected to participate in this program and what I learned has been invaluable to me over the years,” Rahjes said. “CoBank’s donation will help KARL in its mission to develop strong, progressive leaders for our communities.”
The contribution is part of CoBank’s corporate giving program, which allows employees and board members to direct bank donations to their choice of non-profit organizations and programs. It is a separate donation than a CoBank donation announced in late October.