Jere was honored by the Kansas Corn Growers Association (KCGA) for the service that he provided for Kansas agriculture in the time that he was the executive director of both the Kansas Corn Growers Association and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. Last week, White received the “Ear of Agriculture” award from Kansas Corn Growers Association President Bob Timmons, Fredonia, which is considered the highest honor to be awarded by KCGA.
Upon accepting the awards, White encouraged growers to speak out on issues. “If you want your thoughts to be considered, it is important to express yourself,” White said. “We are facing a lot of big issues in agriculture. When you have the opportunity, it is your obligation to speak up. Don’t take anything for granted.”
KCGA President Bob Timmons said that while White is retiring, he will remain important to the association. “Jere’s history and knowledge of the association and Kansas agriculture is vast,” Timmons said. “He will continue to be a valued advisor to the state’s Corn Growers Association.”
White was also recognized by KCGA Past President Don Lundquist, Lindsborg and Roger Pine of Lawrence who is a past president of both KCGA and the National Corn Growers Association. “Jere has played a key role in the Triazine Network. I don’t know if many people appreciate what he has accomplished on this issue,” Pine said. “I think it’s fair to say if it had not been for Jere’s work with the Triazine Network we probably wouldn’t have atrazine available to control weeds today.”
Senator Pat Roberts participated in the retirement recognition provided a videotaped greeting for White. “Your ability to represent growers’ interests combined with your outstanding humor is a genuine talent that is true to your Kansas upbringing,” Roberts said. “The strength and drive you have shown over the last two years only confirms what we have known all along. You are a fighter.”