Ron and Chris Wilson of Riley County have been honored as Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year for Farm Bureau’s 5th geographic district.
The Wilsons received the award Tuesday during Kansas Farm Bureau’s 95th Annual Meeting in Manhattan.
One family in each of the Kansas Farm Bureau’s 10 geographic districts is selected each year for the Farm Family of the Year award.
The award recognizes families for their service and leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities.
The Wilsons own and operate 700 acres of land, two-thirds pasture and one-third cultivated.
On the Lazy T Ranch, the Wilsons raise alfalfa, wheat and soybeans, a 20-head herd of cattle, nine horses, llamas and dairy goats.
The Wilsons’ ranch is also an agritourism site. This bed-and-breakfast allows people to experience ranch life while learning more about agriculture.
The Wilsons have four children, Joanna, 20; Stephen, 15; James, 15; and Elizabeth, 15.
Ron and Chris are longtime Farm Bureau members.
Ron has served on the Riley County Farm Bureau board of directors since 2010. He currently serves as public policy chair for Riley County Farm Bureau.
As public policy chair, he participated in KFB Day activities at the Statehouse and helped arrange for policy-makers to meet with the Riley County board on a regular basis.
Ron and Chris have spoken to numerous Farm Bureau groups and attended several years of the Ag Leaders Breakfast at the Kansas State Fair.
The Wilsons are actively involved in other ag organizations in addition to Farm Bureau.
Ron is a life member of the National FFA Alumni and the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association. He is the past president of the Manhattan Rotary Club and the Kansas Chapter of the Community Development Society.
Ron is also known for his weekly radio and news feature, “Kansas Profile,” which appears each Sunday in The Mercury, and his cowboy poetry on RFD-TV and Ag AM Television.
Chris is a former president of American Agri-Women, the National Organization of Farm and Ranch Women and the former Chief Counsel and Deputy Secretary at the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
The Wilsons are members of the United Methodist Church, where Ron serves on the communications committee.