MANHATTAN, Kan. - AGCO of Hesston, KS has donated $5,000 for the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Class XII program. AGCO is a global leader focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as related replacement parts. AGCO products are available in more than 140 countries worldwide and are led by these five core global brands: Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson, and Valtra.
KARL is a two-year, non-profit program that provides study, training and travel opportunities for emerging leaders in the state's agriculture and rural communities. Since 1990, it has helped develop decisive, informed spokespeople to be representatives for the farming and ranching industries. Costs for each class are about $600,000.
"The generosity of donors such as AGCO is critically important to the continuation of our efforts to create ambassadors for rural communities, agriculture and the way of life associated with each of those," said Al Davis, president of KARL. "This gift will benefit the current Class XII members by helping us maintain a cutting edge training experience for rural Kansas leaders."
"AGCO is a natural fit to partner with the KARL Program," said Al Davis, " with their presence in Hesston, Kansas and Beloit, Kansas they have invested in growth of rural Kansas and people in and around those Kansas Communities. "Since its beginning, KARL has had 11 classes of 30. These 330 participants from 101 of Kansas' counties have participated in the program. KARL Graduates have gone on to be in leadership roles in all of the major commodity associations, including the state wheat and grain associations, commissions and the Kansas Livestock Association. Graduates have also been serving in top roles within some national agricultural organizations.
AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, GA. With roots firmly established in the farm equipment industry, AGCO has a brand heritage reaching back to the mid-1800s. Since that time, AGCO has become a worldwide farm machinery company through market growth, strategic acquisitions and cutting edge agricultural solutions.