(WICHITA) - Members of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) have elected Jeff Sternberger of Garden City and Jaret Moyer from Emporia to serve as officers of the 5,500-member organization over the next year. Sternberger, the new KLA president, is a feeder and stocker cattle operator. Moyer, who was chosen as president elect, owns a cattle backgrounding and stocker cattle operation in northern Lyon County. Both were elected by members during the KLA Convention, December 4-6 in Wichita.
Sternberger is the president and manager of Midwest Feeders at Ingalls. He is part of a group that bought the feedyard in 1992. Since then, Midwest Feeders has added ownership interests in CRI Feeders at Guymon, OK; Brookover Cattle Company LLC of Scott City; and Waurika Farms LLC, with ranching operations in Oklahoma and South Dakota. Independent from his part in Midwest Feeders, Sternberger and his wife, Colleen, own a wheat and stocker cattle operation in Oklahoma and a stocker business in Mississippi.
His list of industry leadership positions includes serving on the KLA Executive Committee, KLA Board of Directors and as chairman of the KLA Cattle Feeders Council. Sternberger was the co-chair of a special KLA task force appointed in 2010 to consider changes that would deliver more value to members. He currently serves on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors and on the NCBA Live Cattle Marketing Committee.
Sternberger is a member of the U.S. Premium Beef Board of Directors and previously served on the Beef Empire Days Board of Directors.
He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in agricultural economics. Upon graduation, Sternberger worked in the Farm Credit System, making production loans to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.
The Sternbergers have one daughter, Robin Aviles, who lives at Derby with her husband, Manuel, and their two children.
Moyer's ranch is focused on growing light cattle using a combination of Flint Hills pastures and a backgrounding facility. He also is president of Citizens State Bank and Trust Company, with locations in Woodbine, Bremen, Gypsum and Reading.
He currently is serving on both the KLA Executive Committee and KLA Board of Directors. Moyer has served as Lyon County KLA director. Before moving to the Emporia area in 2003, he was involved in the Phillips County KLA Committee. He represents KLA on the NCBA Board of Directors. He serves on the Federation of State Beef Councils Value Committee and is a past member of the NCBA Retail Committee. Moyer is the current president elect of Flint Hills Beef Fest, which is the annual celebration of the state's grass cattle industry.
Moyer has been actively involved in leadership development programs. He is a past participant in the NCBA Young Cattlemen's Conference. Moyer has attended the KLA Leadership Conference. He also graduated from the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.
He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in animal science and industry in 1992. He later completed course work at the graduate school of banking in Madison, WI.
Moyer and his wife, Shawna, have two daughters. Arissa is a sophomore at K-State studying ag economics. Sarah is a junior at Northern Heights High School in Allen.
KLA is a trade organization representing the state's livestock business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association's work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.