(WICHITA) – Members of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) elected Wichita cattleman Todd Allen as president during the group's annual business meeting December 5 in Wichita. Serving in a volunteer capacity, Allen will represent KLA's 5,500 members during the coming year. Sharon Springs rancher Mark Smith was elected by the membership to serve as president elect.
Allen is the president of cattle feeding operations for Cargill Beef. He started as a management trainee with Caprock Industries in 1981, worked in several of Caprock's Texas feedyards through the balance of the 1980s and early 1990s and eventually was promoted to general manager of the Caprock cattle feeding facility near Leoti in 1992. Allen managed Caprock at Leoti for 13 years before accepting his current position.
He has served as KLA Cattle Feeders Council chairman and on the KLA Executive Committee. He currently is a member of the KLA Animal Identification Working Group and has served on the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee for 14 years. Allen represents KLA on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Board of Directors and is a member of the NCBA Executive Committee.
Allen belongs to the Salem United Methodist Church in Wichita and is a past 4-H project leader.
He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg in 1981. His bachelor of science degree is in ag business.
Allen and his wife, Kathy, have five children. Todd, Jr. and his wife, Amy, own and operate a business in Kansas City. Krystal is a financial controller for M&M Co-op in Yuma, CO. She and her husband, Josh Ballah, live in Eckley, CO, and are parents to Allen's only grandchild, Kylee. Another daughter, Katy, works for the Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. Son David is a lineman for Wheatland Electric in Tribune. Youngest daughter Kimberly is a seventh grader, 4-H member and equestrian.
Smith has a stocker cattle program, feeds cattle and farms. His cattle programs are dictated by market conditions. He owns a cow-calf herd and, in the past, has purchased cull cows to breed, calve and sell. Smith has a growing yard used to start cattle for summer pasture and winter grazing. The farming business produces corn and wheat.
His family earned the NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award in 1994 for outstanding care and enhancement of natural resources. He has been presented many regional awards for grassland and soil conservation and preserving wildlife habitat.
Smith's leadership capabilities are well-documented. He has represented Greeley County on the KLA Board of Directors, is a past vice chairman of the KLA Natural Resources Committee and was chairman of the KLA Stockgrowers Council in 2007. Smith currently serves on the KLA Executive Committee and the NCBA Board of Directors. He is a 1981 graduate of the KLA Young Stockmen's Leadership Conference.
Smith is active in his community. He has served on the Greeley County school board and as a past local 4-H beef leader. Smith serves on the boards of directors for the Fort Wallace Memorial Association and the Northwest Kansas Technical College.
He graduated from Kansas State University in 1976 with a degree in social science. Smith also earned a degree from the Kemper Military College in Boonville, MO.
Smith and wife, Cindy, have two adult daughters. Angie works in the healthcare industry and is married to Edward Robson, who is employed in the Smith family's grain storage business. Valarie Smith is a Western State College of Colorado graduate and enjoys international travel, writing and musical performance.
KLA is a trade organization representing the state's livestock business on legislative, regulatory and industry issues at both the state and federal levels. The association's work is funded through voluntary dues dollars paid by its members.