Final Farewell

By: DeEtta Bohling, Communications Specialist

Today is the day. After nearly three years, this is my last day in the Kansas Corn & Grain Sorghum office.

It has been a pleasure to work with all our growers and to meet so many genuine folks. Thanks to social media, I’ve been able to connect and learn from farmers across the nation—and world. With the U.S. Grains Council I had the opportunity to travel with corn growers to China for the Spring Corn Tour last May. I learned about Chinese corn production and gained more knowledge about exports.

2011 Spring Crop Tour to China with U.S. Grains Council

One of my favorite projects over the past year has been CommonGround Kansas. I’ve met so many strong and talented women who inspire me. Thanks to each of the volunteers who have been a pleasure to work with.

CommonGround Shared Voices Conference

I’m leaving the communications specialist position with a strong social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, a brand new website (if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do), new logos for the Kansas Corn Growers Association, Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers, and branding for Agriland at the Kansas State Fair.

Topeka Farm Show Display

The best compliment I received came from one of our corn growers at Commodity Classic the first year I attended. He asked me to tell him about my family farm back home and was shocked when I informed him that I didn’t grow up on a farm and I didn’t study agriculture in school. I must have blended in well! He asked how I was able to share so much about agriculture though our website and social media platforms and I explained that everything I had learned had come from the research I did or the folks I met.

Wiscombe plants corn near Overbrook, KS

I thank those who answered my e-mails, tweets, and Facebook questions. A special thanks to Pat and Mary Ross and Kirk Wiscombe for letting me visit their farms each time I asked. I greatly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to teach this Iowa girl a few things about Kansas agriculture!

At Ross-Nunemaker Farms in Lawrence, KS

I’m on to new adventures at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO where I’ll be the Communications Manager for the Harriman-Jewell Series. Please continue to keep in touch with me on Facebook and Twitter! It’s been a pleasure getting to know each of you.




6 responses to this post.

  1. Best of luck in your new adventures DeEtta. It’s been a pleasure working with you both through CommonGround Kansas and Kansas Corn.


  2. Best of luck DeEtta! You’ve been wonderful to work with!


  3. Posted by Bill Spiegel on June 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Good luck, DeEtta! You’ll be missed, and you’ll do great at William Jewell!


  4. Posted by Erin on June 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I wish the best of luck to you DeEtta. If you ever need anything, don’t ever hesitate to call. I am so sad to see you go, but so happy for you on your new journey. You will always be apart of our family, and have a special place in our hearts. We all love you very much!


  5. Posted by Mary Ross on June 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    DeEtta, You have been a tremendous asset to Kansas agriculture. We thank you and wish you all the best. William Jewell is very lucky to have you. Come see us here on the farm anytime! Pat and Mary Ross


  6. Posted by Duane Hallock on July 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Good luck in your new position. You’ll leave your mark at William Jewell. Congratulations on the opportunity!


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