Huck Boyd Institute 2019 Leaders of the Year awards presented

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - ‘Helping rural people help themselves’ is the idea behind the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development’s Leaders of the Year awards.

These annual awards are given to Kansans who are making a difference by promoting rural development within our state.

There are six awards presented each year with the nominees coming from all across the state.

On Friday, the following winners for the 2019 Leader of the Year awards were presented with plaques:

Wright Farms Sunflower Oil from Bird City, was awarded the Agriculture Award for their fourth generation sunflower farm business.

The Community Service award went to community of Corning, KS, chosen for their continued improvements to their small town of just over 150 residents.

Advisors Excel co-founder, Cody Foster, of Topeka, was awarded the Entrepreneurship award for his simple but powerful concept of ‘giving back.’

Joe and Cathy Broeckelman, owners of ‘The Satisfiers’ in Selden, who started out with making and selling Cathy’s cookie dough. They have since expanded to include hand dipped nut clusters and homegrown pork products, which has earned them the Food and Retail award.

The Tourism award goes to Prairie Earth Tours and Casey Cagle of Cottonwood Falls, who has led many tours all over the U.S., now he’s helping people take a deeper look at the Flint Hills.

Anjan Ghosh Hajra of Immersion 3D Plus in Salina, was awarded the Technology award with their idea to develop the technology to allow us to view things in 3D without the use of 3D glasses.

“Recognizing those people and showcasing those people for what they do and hopefully encouraging other entrepreneurs and people of motivation in their communities to do things…to do things to help the state of Kansas,” Huck Boyd Institute, chairman, Dan Caffrey says.

Winners were selected by Kansas State University’s School of Business Entrepreneurship students, which gave the students a chance to learn what entrepreneurs are doing across the state of Kansas.