TOPEKA – Edwin F. Lenkner of Coats was honored December 3 for belonging to the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) since 1954. He was recognized at the annual KLA Convention in Wichita.

Lenkner, co-owner of Lenkner & Son, farms and owns a cow-calf operation. His son, Edwin D., and grandson, Darrin, manage the operation on a daily basis. Edwin F. has been Barber County KLA director and also is a member of the Kansas Farm Bureau.

KLA currently has 93 members who have belonged to the organization for 50 years or more. The longest continuously held KLA membership belongs to Jansonius Farms of Phillipsburg, which joined KLA in 1918.

“KLA effectively works to protect the business interests of Kansas ranchers and farmers every day,” said KLA President Jaret Moyer, a rancher from Emporia. “This continued success would not be possible without the solid support of its members.”

KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers and feeders. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. The association’s work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its 5,000 members.