Farm Credit Affiliation
Farm Credit of Western Kansas
Sixth generation farmer Lon Frahm has integrated his grandmother’s belief into his personal, professional and community life: “Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.”
The first and most visible indication of his embracing of this ideal is the vision statement he developed for his farming operation, Frahm Farmland, which is “to be the premier agricultural operation in the region, improving lives of owners and employees, improving the environment and improving communities.”
Lon’s encouragement to his team’s service is inspiring. As evidence of his commitment to improving his community, Lon established a Frahm Farms Advised Fund at his local community foundation. Through the fund, employees make annual gifts of volunteer time and service to the deserving organization of their choice. Frahm employees are encouraged to be involved in the community by participating in leadership programs, serving on school boards and booster clubs, and working as a team for community clean-up days or blood drives.
“I gather my inspiration from my heritage and the legacies of successes left before me,” says Lon. “I’m also inspired by the challenge of continuous improvement, of finding ways to produce more with less, seeking efficiencies in all aspects of my operations. And finally, from the opportunity to inspire others to grow, in skills and knowledge, in careers, and as citizens and stewards of the land and environment.”
Lon also takes his commitment to community seriously on a personal level. He volunteers for a wide variety of local organizations, including Leadership Kansas, Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL), and Leadership Thomas County. Locally, he also serves on the local boards for the medical and senior centers, historical society and Groundwater Management. He is also on the board of regional organizations including Midwest Energy and High Plains Public Radio, and has served on statewide organizations including the Kansas Geological Survey, Hall Center and Kansas Humanities Council, Arts Commission and Water Board. While this is a long list, Lon’s service on each is valuable, sincere and in-depth.
Lon’s connections statewide and nationally are both valued and recognized. He considers this service as critical to local agriculture and part of his job as a farmer and a steward of the land.
“When presented with new circumstances and environments, the first thing that man just do for survival is seek out sources of food,” says Lon. “I believe that few non-farmers appreciate the complexity of the agricultural industry, the myriad of proficiencies required. The future of agriculture will be supported by those with the skills to quickly adapt and manage evolving technologies.”
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