Just as the fall corn harvest comes each year, so does college football in Kansas to the delight of many fans across the state. This year the Big 12 powerhouse K-State Wildcats took a unique community building approach to season’s kick off by hosting their inaugural “Celebrate Agriculture Day” supported by local organizations and businesses. K-State Football encouraged fans join the Kansas Department of Ag, Kansas Farm Bureau, and local supporting businesses at a sold-out Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
This first ever Ag Day was designed to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage and bring together the community of farmers and ranchers for a day of fun, football, and a this year a big win over the South Dakota Coyotes! Fans were encouraged to stop by displays to learn more and sample tents to taste foods provided by Kansas companies on the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium.
One company that connected with K-State to support the day was Hugoton-based Pacific Ag, which is now the nation’s largest crop residue company, and has been harvesting crop residues for growers in Kansas since 2011. Pacific Ag brought some of their growers, equipment partners, and local team members to Manhattan to see the team up-close and personal from a field level suite and some behind-the-scenes fun.
“For us, participating in Ag Day is a valuable and engaging way to give back and support the communities we work in,” said Courtney Wilson, Harvest Manager for Pacific Ag. “Plenty of the growers we work with are football fans, so it was great to come out to the game and applaud the state’s ag community while seeing the Wildcats do what they do best on the field.”
This summer and fall Pacific Ag has been harvesting wheat straw and corn stover for the Hugoton Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant and for area feedlots and dairies. The company specializes in combining the best service for its crop farmers while putting together great quality and reliable supply for end-users. They also provide reliable trucking of field stacks off grower farms to their area customers and reliable payment to growers. Pacific Ag’s main office is located in Hugoton, with an additional operating location in Meade.
“Support from local businesses like Pacific Ag was crucial in our first Celebrate Agriculture Day at K-State Football and ensured that everyone in and out of the stadium had a great experience,” said Brett Foltz of K-State Sports Properties. “Coach Snyder has built his winning program on the fundamentals of family, community, and hard work, ideals that are shared with the entire Kansas ag community.”
Growers interested in learning more about residue harvesting with Pacific Ag can call (620) 544-8522.