Board of Directors

The Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association is operated by a volunteer Board of Directors who are nominated and voted into office by the rest of the membership each year at the Annual Meeting. Learn a little more about each of our board members below.

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Ted Hinton, 2019 President

Ted Hinton lives in the Hiawatha area, where his family has been involved in the crop production, crop protection, and grain elevator businesses for several generations. He has a BS in Agribusiness from Kansas State University, focusing on Marketing and Sales Management while there. Currently, Ted is a Precision Ag Instructor for Highland Community College at their Baileyville, KS campus. While working in the industry, Ted started a precision ag program at Padonia Grain Farmers, which included early adoption of guidance products, grid/zone/directed soil sampling, Veris EC soil characterization, yield mapping, and variable rate fertilizer and ag lime application. He also has worked as the Central Region Sales Manager at Geosys, selling and supporting their imagery-driven applications, and at Bruna Implement as a Precision Ag Technician and Sprayer/Wholegood Sales Representative. Ted enjoys working on the family farm with his father trying to find ways to increase efficiency and yields, and their efforts have resulted in placing in several state yield contests.

Michael Kempke, 2019 Vice President

Michael Kempke has been involved in agriculture since his youth starting with 4-H and FFA. Michael attended Garden City Community College and graduated in 1998 with an Associate in Science. He attended Kansas State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2000 majoring in Agronomy. He received a Master of Agribusiness degree from Kansas State University in 2013. Michael has worked in agronomy retail throughout his career holding various positions for AgChoice (Parsons, KS), Circle Land and Cattle (Garden City, KS), Tri-Rotor Crop Services (Ulysses, KS) and Garden City Co-op Inc. (Garden City, KS). Michael is currently the Director of Precision Agriculture for Garden City Co-op Inc. where he leads the deployment of the agriculture technology platform to the cooperatives member owners. Michael and his wife Christy currently reside in Garden City with their three children.

Aaron Lange, 2019 Secretary

Aaron grew up working on the family farm in the town of Conway Springs, about 30 miles southwest of Wichita. They were a dryland farming operation that spread out over 20 miles. In 1994 His Dad and uncles that operated the farm purchase the local elevator, and that’s where Aaron worked for the next several years. He was the primary sprayer operator totaling 40k+ acres annually. In the Fall of 2004, the elevator sold and he returned to the family farm. He and his Cousin Paul currently manage the farm that has grown to operating over 9000 acres in four counties(all crops, no critters). The constant desire for more precision and advanced technology integrated into the farm has allowed the farm to grow. In 2008 he and his cousin started their own business called Triple Threat Ag. They spread custom ag lime, offer a land management service and sell BBK Header Trailers. He manages their custom ag lime business, which covers a large area of central Kansas into northern Oklahoma spreading 30k+ tons a year. Aaron sits on a variety of Boards including the Sumner County Executive Extension Board, Conway Springs Recreation Board, and the USD 356 School Board. He also coaches softball with the G2 Heat travel softball team. His wife Robyn and daughters Aspen, Alivia, Allyson, Aaralyn, and son Bryson live on the family farm and continue to grow the family business.

Tyler Rider, 2019 Treasurer

Tyler and his wife and five children live in Ness City and farm with his grandfather, father, and brother. They raise dryland wheat, milo, and forage sorghum as well as run stocker cattle. Tyler earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Agriculture Economics from Kansas State University in 2002 and 2004. His master’s work looked at site-specific weed management. After finishing his degrees from KSU, he returned to the family farm where he has worked to increase the use of precision agriculture in their operation. Tyler’s involvement with KARTA began when he first attended the Precision Ag Technologies Conference as a student at KSU. He has continued his involvement by attending the annual conference and participating in on-farm research projects.

Tyler Lund, On-Farm Research Coordinator

Tyler Lund serves as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Veris Technologies. Tyler helps equip farmers and their advisors with the tools to map and manage soil variability in the over 50 countries and 42 states where Veris soil sensors are serving the precision ag market. In addition to his experience in precision agriculture with Veris, Tyler’s agricultural background includes helping manage his family’s wheat, soybean, and grain sorghum farm in Saline County Kansas; working on Capitol Hill as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran on agricultural and trade legislation; and working with smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in Business and Political Science from Bethel University in St. Paul, Min. Tyler and his wife live outside of Salina, Kan with their three daughters.

Tony Watson, Workshop Coordinator

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Ajay Sharda, M.S., Ph.D., Kansas State University Advisor

Ajay has Bachelors and Masters in Agricultural Engineering in Farm Power and Machinery from Punjab Agricultural University, India. After his undergraduate studies, he worked in Agri Machinery Marketing Division at Escorts Ltd., as a service and sales engineer. After completing his M.S. Ajay worked as an Assistant Professor of Farm Power and Machinery in the College of Agricultural Engineering at Punjab Agricultural University for four years. He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University in the field of Precision Ag / Machinery Systems. Ajay’s work at Auburn focused on boom pressure-flow dynamics and control system response dynamics on agricultural sprayers. As a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at Washington State University Ajay worked on developing precision fixed application systems for tree fruit crops. At K-State, Ajay is developing an integrated research, extension, and teaching program on the development and evaluation of control systems on variable rate planting, spraying and nutrient application; integration of sensors to improve efficiency and efficacy of machine systems; and field data management and analysis for crop input management practices.

Lucas Haag, M.S., Ph.D., K-State Research & Extension Advisor

Lucas Haag was raised on a diversified dryland farming and ranching operation near Lebanon, Nebraska along the Kansas/Nebraska line. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Technology Management in 2005 and a M.S. in Agronomy (crop ecophysiology) in 2008 from Kansas State University. Lucas served as assistant scientist at K-State’s Southwest Research-Extension Center at Tribune, Kansas for 3 years and completed his Ph.D. in Agronomy (crop ecophysiology) in 2013. He is currently an assistant professor of agronomy and Northwest Area Agronomist with Kansas State University stationed at the Northwest Research-Extension Center in Colby, Kansas. He conducts research and extension activities in a variety of areas but specializes in precision ag and dryland cropping systems. Lucas also remains actively tied to production ag as a partner with his brothers in Haag Land and Cattle Co.

Terry Griffin, M.S., Ph.D., K-State Research & Extension Advisor

Dr. Terry Griffin is an assistant professor and the cropping systems economist specializing in big data and precision agriculture at Kansas State University. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas, where he started working on agricultural data analytics and privacy. After serving as a farm management specialist for University of Illinois Extension, Terry earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with emphases in spatial technologies and farm management from Purdue University. His doctoral research developed methods to analyze site-specific yield monitor data from field-scale experiments using spatial statistical techniques; ultimately resulting in authoring two patents regarding the automation of spatial analysis and community data analysis, i.e. agricultural big data analytics. Terry returned to the University of Arkansas as the row crops economist and served as the team coordinator for the Working Group on Precision Agriculture. He recently received the 2014 Pierre C. Robert International Precision Agriculture Young Scientist Award for his work in data utilization. He has also received the 2012 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year, the 2010 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence for Researchers/Educators, the 2003 National Winner for NASA Excellence Award Remote Sensing and Precision Agriculture, and the 2002 National Winner for NASA GIS and Remote Sensing Decision Support Seminar. Terry is the current Past-President of the Arkansas Crop Protection Association, a certified crop advisor (CCA), and a charter member of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. Dr. Griffin is a member of the MS-49 Planter Technology and MS-54 Site Specific Agriculture Committees for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and maintains the Certified Crop Advisor credential from the American Society of Agronomy. Currently, Dr. Griffin serves in an advisory role on the board of the Kansas Agricultural Research and Technology Association. Terry and Dana have three wonderful children.

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