State Conservation Commission

Updated 4/13/2022

Commissioners

The State Conservation Commission consists of five elected commissioners, two ex officio members representing the Agriculture Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, Kansas State University, and two appointed members representing the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The nine commissioners serve according to K.S.A. 2-1904.

  • Elected commissioners serve two year terms.
  • The method of election is by an area caucus of the district from each of the five administrative areas of Kansas.
  • Areas I, III and V shall elect in odd years.
  • Areas II and IV shall elect in even years.
  • The elected commissioners take office on January 1.
  • The Division of Conservation shall appoint a successor to fill an unexpired term of an elected commissioner. The successor shall be a resident of the same area as that of the predecessor.

Elected Commissioners

Name

Position

Ted Nighswonger

Area I Commissioner

Andrew Larson, Jr.

Area II Commissioner

Sam Sanders

Area III Commissioner

John H. Wunder

Area IV Commissioner, Vice-Chairperson

Rodney Vorhees

Area V Commissioner, Chairperson


Ex Officio Commissioners

Name

Agency

Daniel (Dan) L. Devlin

K-State Research and Extension

Peter (Pete) J. Tomlinson, Ph.D.

K-State Extension Specialist for Environmental
Quality Agronomy Department


Appointed Commissioners

Name

Position

Agency

Terry Medley

Program Manager

Division of Water Resources
Kansas Department of Agriculture
 

Karen Woodrich

State Conservationist

Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture

SCC Media Corner

Ex Officio Commissioner, Dan Devlin, was recognized for 27 years of service on the State Conservation Commission.  A plaque was presented on behalf of the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the State Conservation Commission at the SCC meeting held at the K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City, KS on April 5, 2022.  In the photo left to right:  Rod Vorhees, Area V, Dan Devlin, Ted Nighswonger, Area I, Andy Larson, Area II, John Wunder, Area IV, and Sam Sanders, Area III.

     Commissioners

The State Conservation Commission enjoyed the Ag Appreciation Luncheon at the Kansas State Fair Thursday, September 16, 2021 and took a moment for a photo with Governor Laura Kelly, Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam, and members of KACD, KDA DOC, and NRCS.

                               2021 Kansas State Fair