Vance Ehmke photoVance Ehmke

Farmer and business owner

Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vance Ehmke, who along with his wife Louise, farms in the High Plains of western Kansas on land that was homesteaded by his German emigrant great grandparents back in 1885. Today, the Ehmkes who were named Master Farmers by Kansas State University, operate a 10,000-acre farm growing wheat, rye and triticale mainly for seed production in addition to grain sorghum. The Ehmkes have four children and one of them is involved in the farm partnership.

A pioneer in the High Plains triticale industry, Vance also served as president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers. He was graduated by Kansas State University with BS and MS degrees. He has served on K-State’s Agronomy Department advisory committee while currently a member of the southwest Kansas Experiment Station advisory group. The Ehmkes also help fund various research projects while contracting with K-State on other seed-related trials. Through their seed business, they often cooperate with universities in many other plains states.