Suderman, Penner the winners of the Kansas Bankers Association Award

Tyler Ottensmeier, left, presents operator Rodney Suderman and sister Karen Penner of Newton the Kansas Bankers Association Award in Soil Conservation. 
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Tyler Ottensmeier, left, presents operator Rodney Suderman and sister Karen Penner of Newton the Kansas Bankers Association Award in Soil Conservation. Patty Decker/Free Press
Representing the Marion County Bankers Association, Tyler Ottensmeier, Citizens State Bank in Goessel, said he’s been honored to go on tour with Matt Meyerhoff, conservationist, Doug Svitak, conservation technician, and Ricky Roberts, K-State Research and Extension agent. The tour included visiting all the farms and all the conservation practices being recognized for awards.

“This year we got to see firsthand the road conditions, too,” he said. “I want to say we are very happy to sponsor these awards, and to recognize those doing outstanding work.”

The first Kansas Banker Award in Soil Health goes to Karen Penner, and her brother and operator, Rodney Suderman. They recently completed applying a conservation system to land near Aulne. Some 1.6 miles of terraces and 1.5 acres of grassed waterways were needed treatment in the field, he said.