Kansas Agriculture Appointment Draws Accolades


January 11, 2019 – Kansas City – The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City congratulates Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelley’s choice of Mike Beam as the state’s new Secretary of Agriculture.  

“Mike Beam is exceptionally well qualified to lead this key agency.  Throughout his 38-year career with the Kansas Livestock Association, Mike has become well acquainted with all facets of agriculture and will be a great advocate for this important industry,” said Bob Petersen, executive director of the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City.  Beam was a founding member of the Council in 2003 and served as its Chairman from 2006 to 2007.

Additional Council leaders – current and past – offered their congratulations:

  • “Mike has long been a trusted leader of KLA and he will be one for all of Kansas agriculture as well.” – Bob Thompson, Ag Business Council Chair and partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

  • “Mike Beam is an outstanding choice for Kansas Secretary of Agriculture. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly’s announcement that she will appoint Mike is welcome news to Kansas Corn. We’ve worked with Mike for years at KLA and look forward to continuing our relationship in his new role.” – Greg Krissek, Council vice chair and CEO, Kansas Corn.

  • “The choice of Mike Beam represents the balance he has displayed throughout his career in Kansas agriculture.   He is a man of integrity and will serve the state well.” – Gina Bowman, Council founder and chair (2003-2005) and president, B2G:Business to Government Relations.

As the Council welcomes Mike Beam to his new role, Petersen notes, the group also recognizes the tireless efforts of outgoing Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “Jackie McClaskey was an outstanding Secretary of Agriculture and a true champion for Kansas agriculture. We congratulate her on the Department’s many accomplishments during her tenure,” Petersen said.