November 23, 2000

Stan Ahlerich Elected Farm Bureau Prsident

Cowley County farmer Stan Ahlerich was elected to a two-year term as president of the Kansas Farm Bureau at the organizationís annual
meeting November 17-19, at the Wichita Century II Convention Center. He has served the position since 1999.

Ahlerich began farming soon after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural economics. His farm consists of
basically dryland crops with some limited sprinkler irrigation. He has served as president of the Cowley County Farm Bureau Board. He has
also been active as the Vice-president of the board, Young Farmers and Ranchers chairman, political education chairman, policy chairman,
information chairman and voting delegate to the state convention for seven years.

At the state level in Farm Bureau, Ahlerich was on the Young Farmers and Ranchers State Committee, 1981-84, serving as chairman in 1982.
He also served on the State Resolutions Committee, and as Kansas Farm Bureau Board Director from the 4th district for five years.

Ahlerich and his wife, Molly, served on the Young Farmers and Ranchers National committee, 1983-84, holding position of chairman in 1984.
He was on the Board of Directors of the American Farm Bureau for one year.

Ahlerich has been active in several agricultural-related activities. He worked for Senator Bob Dole as a member of the Farm and Ranch
Advisory Board in 1986 and was a Charter State Board member of Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program (KARL). He served as
chairman of the board of KARL in 1992-93. Ahlerich was appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of Kansas Inc. He is also a member
of the Walnut River Basin Advisory Board and serves as a board member of Commerce Bank of Wichita.

He was recognized as the Cowley County Farm Bureau Man Leader of the Year in 1988. Ahlerich was chosen as a recipient of the John J.
McCloy Fellowship, which is a three-week study tour exchange program with Germany. The Ahlerich family was selected as Farm Bureauís
fourth district Farm Family of the Year in 1994.

Ahlerich is also active in his community and church. He and Molly have two children: Alexis and Nicholas.

Also re-elected to positions on the Kansas Farm Bureau board included Leonard "Bud" Stumpff, 2nd District Director from Edgerton, Bruce
Carselowey, 4th District Director from Rock, Jerry McReynolds, 6th District Director from Woodston, John Stegman, 8th District Director,
Spearville, and Barbara Grecian, 10th District Director, Palco.

Gay Beth Moore, Copeland, was also elected as Vice-Chair of the Farm Bureau Womenís Committee, and will serve as Vice-Chair of the state
Resolutions Committee.

More than 430 farmer delegates from across Kansas completed approval of the 2001 policy positions of the organization at the annual
meeting. Those resolutions will be the guiding standard for Farm Bureau before the legislature and the Congress in the upcoming sessions.