Lincolnville rancher named KLA’s new president-elect


Members of the Kansas Livestock Association elected Mark Harms, a seedstock cattle producer from Lincolnville, as its president-elect during the organization’s Dec. 2 annual meeting in Wichita.

Harms will serve for the coming year under Sedgwick rancher, feeder and farmer Frank Harper, who was elected as the KLA president.

As volunteer leaders, Harper and Harms will represent KLA members during 2012.

Harms and wife Kim own and operate Harms Plainview Ranch, where they raise registered Angus, Red Angus and Charolais cattle.

The ranch uses leased grass in Marion and surrounding counties. Dryland farm acreage is used primarily for feed production.

Harms Plainview Ranch has grown to involve four cooperator herds in Kansas to help supply the business with breeding stock.

The Nebraska native’s leadership resume is lengthy. Harms serves on the National Cattle­man’s Beef Association Federation board of directors and is a member of the industry’s Joint Advertising Committee.

He has represented Marion County on the KLA board of directors, served as chairman of both the KLA Purebred and Stockgrowers councils, chaired the KLA Policy and Resolutions Committee for three terms and has spent several years on the KLA executive committee.

Harms is a founding member of U.S. Premium Beef. He was chairman of the USPB board of directors’ nominating committee for the first six years the company was in business.

Harms Plainview Ranch is a qualified seedstock supplier for USPB.

Locally, Harms is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, has served on the board of education and is vice chairman of the congregation. He is a past director of Marion County Farm Bureau.

He graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 1990. His degree is in animal sciences and industry.

The Harmses have three children. Daughter Taylor is a senior in high school. Sons Cade and Payton are in seventh and sixth grade, respectively.

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