Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Login |  Register 
MSC News National Headlines Sports Top Headlines CBS US News CBS Technology
Two local couples to be honored
Philip and Jane Halling Mark and Marcia Knudson

( Picture credit: K-State Research and Extension News Service )

(KNZA)--Two local couples are among six couples that will be honored on March 24 as the 2022 class of Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities.

The statewide awards program is in its 96th year and is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Farmer Magazine.

Among this year's honorees are Philip and Jane Halling, of Atchison County, and Mark and Marcia Knudson, of Brown County.

Philip and Jane Halling:

Philip and Jane Halling were both raised on a farm, where they say there were both taught to be of help whenever they are needed. It helps explain their lifetime of service to their business and their community.

Both have served on the Atchison County Farm Bureau board for more than 25 years; Philip was the president for four years, and Jane the secretary for 10 years. In 1990 and 2000, Jane served on the state NER board and was chair in 2000. They have hosted a K-State Research and Extension test plot for more than 20 years.

Philip graduated from Midway High School in 1977 and then took vocational ag and auto mechanic classes. For the past six years, he has worked road maintenance for the Lancaster Township. He also serves on the St. Louis Catholic Church parish council and is president of the Lancaster/Huron Fire Department.

Jane graduated from Centralia High School in 1978 prior to attending Highland Community College. For the past 23 years, she has worked as the elementary school secretary for USD 377. She also serves on the board for the Atchison County Farm Bureau, and has helped with the Lancaster Community blood drives since 2000.

They said they “believe in working together for the good of everyone.” The couple has two sons, both of whom earned electrical engineering degrees from Kansas State University; and four grandchildren.

Mark and Marcia Knudson:

Mark and Marcia Knudson are fourth generation farmers, continuing to farm land land that has been passed down in their family since the 1800s. They said they care for the land by using technology that helps with soil and water management, and no-till practices.

“Our main goal as a family farming operation,” they write, “is to produce high quality food products with the lowest impact to our environment.”

Both were born and raised in Brown County and were members of Zion Lutheran Church, where they say they have memories of growing up together.

Mark began farming after high school with his father and grandfather. Marcia grew up on the family farm that her grandfather purchased during the depression, and where her father was raised.

The Knudsons have four children: Tricia and husband Christopher Ricklefs have two children; twins Matthew and Michael; and Meredith and husband Matt Mueller.

The annual awards banquet will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Manhattan. Reservations for dinner are required and are available by contacting Sue Robinson at 785-532-5820 or srobinso@ksu.edu.

© Many Signals Communications
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.

Fentanyl, weapons, found in Atchison search
Fire causes heavy damage to Hiawatha home
Jackson Co crash leaves motorcyclist seriously injured
Inmate dies at Jackson Co Jail; KBI investigating
Inmate found dead in Jackson Co Jail identified
Falls City man sentenced on meth-related charge
Flee attempts sends Atchison man to prison
USD 430 board interviewing 3 candidates for supt. position
Hiawatha has new city logo
Stolen MO truck located after Atchison wreck
KBI: Natural causes likely behind inmate death
Meriden woman injured in Jeff Co wreck
Atchison pool opening delayed for holiday weekend
Richardson Co Sheriffs Dept arrests two on drug charges
Atchison man sentenced for LV self-shooting
Lawsuit filed over robo calls
Nebraska City woman sentenced to federal prison
Horton reconsidering closure of airport  
Memorial Day honors planned in Atchison County
Latest Nemaha Co city, school filings

Click Here For All Stories

Atchison streets set for milling this week
Richardson Co Sheriffs Dept arrests two on drug charges
Nebraska City woman sentenced to federal prison
EDGE announces partnership to market North Corridor property
Auburn Administrator selected for Leadership Nebraska
Memorial Day honors planned in Atchison County
Stolen MO truck located after Atchison wreck
Horton reconsidering closure of airport  
Latest Nemaha Co city, school filings
Wage increase sought for Health Dept. nurses
Click Here For All Stories

©2023 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report
Powered by Radio Media Group