Gaines to direct Kansas FFA Foundation

Marion County native Beth Gaines is former editor of Grass & Grain and directed the  information at Tabor College for a time.Beth Gaines has been named the new executive director of the Kansas FFA Foundation.

Tom Hemmer, president, and CEO of the Solomon Corp. and outgoing chairman of the Kansas FFA Foundation Board of Trus­tees, made the announcement May 31 at the start of the 89th Kansas State FFA Convention.

“We are excited to welcome Beth to the FFA team,” Hemmer said. “Her extensive network within agriculture and beyond, combined with her deep love and respect for the organization, make her a natural to fill this role.”

Gaines is a native Kansan and K-State alumnae with agriculture roots deep within Marion County. Now a resident of West­moreland, she will work on behalf of the Kansas FFA Foundation, securing funding for scholarships, leadership enrichment programs and recognition awards for Kansas FFA members and agriculture education programs.

“I am looking forward to the challenge and am excited to have the opportunity to cultivate support for these important programs within the framework of agriculture education in Kansas,” Gaines said.

“My experience as a former member and as the parent of three children who have benefited from the program has only increased my passion and belief in the value of the FFA organization. I’m committed to developing new relationships and securing financial support for the future benefit of these outstanding young people.”

Gaines will maintain office space at the Kansas Farm Bureau headquarters office in Manhattan, Kansas. She can be reached at

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