Horton named premier seed grower

Ken Horton of Leoti was awarded the title of Premier Seed Grower for 2019 by Kansas Crop Improvement Association on Feb. 19 at the annual Seed and Crops Conference held in Manhattan.

Horton began producing and selling certified seed in 2003 as a way to diversify the farm without taking away from the focus of using top quality farming practices.  He attended KCIA meetings and solicited the help of KCIA staff to learn the procedures for producing certified seed and has earned a reputation for selling quality seed and dealing with customers with honesty and integrity.  Ken farms with his wife Toni, and sons Rick, Alec, and Matt.

Since its inception in 1930, 167 Premier Seed Grower awards have been presented by Kansas Crop Improvement Association (KCIA). To qualify for the award, the recipient must have several years of experience as a certified seed producer, with certified seed being a major component of their business, must exhibit quality consciousness in all production and sales practices, and must be involved in public service activities. Recipients are selected by ballot with previous year’s honorees casting the votes.

For further information, call Kansas Crop Improvement Association at 785-532-6118, visit www.kscrop.org, or e-mail kscrop@kansas.net