The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City looks forward to welcoming Lee Borck, Chairman of Innovative Livestock Services (ILS) and Chairman of the Beef Marketing Grain Cooperative (BMG) to the Council's October luncheon meeting. Lee is also a recipient of the Council's 2019 Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence.
Combined, ILS and BMG representing cattle feedlots in Kansas and Nebraska, have grown into one of the nation’s largest feeding organizations. As a standalone organization, ILS represents banking, farming, ethanol production and trucking interests. The BMG, under the guidance and leadership of Lee and other central Kansas cattle producers, is a cooperative of cattle producers and farms “focused on working together to do what is right to remain sustainable”. The level of innovation and progress both BMG and ILS have contributed to the beef industry is truly remarkable.
Lee is a founding shareholder of American State Bank of Great Bend, Kansas and serves as Chairman. He is the past President of Cattle-Fax, which is the nation’s leading cattle and data analysis company. Lee has served the industry as president of the Kansas Livestock Association, and has also served as a board member of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Board. Lee served as the Chairman of the Kansas 4-H Foundation and was Vice Chairman and a board member for the Kansas Bioscience Authority. Lee was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas State University Foundation. He was also Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee at Kansas State University. In 1995, he was named an Alumni Fellow in the Kansas State College of Agriculture. Lee has also received K-State’s Medal of Excellence, which is the highest university honor presented to foundation trustees, the NCBA Vision Award and the Certified Angus Beef Feeding Quality Forum Industry Achievement Award.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from Kansas State. In 2011 Lee was named to Ingram’s “50 Kansans You Should Know” and was elected into the “Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame”. A native of Blue Rapids, Kansas, Lee and his wife Jackie live in Manhattan, Kansas.