WICHITA – Clark County rancher and farmer David Clawson of Englewood has been elected the 100th president of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA). Members chose Finney County cattleman Lee Reeve from Garden City as president elect. The new officers were elected during the group’s annual business meeting December 2 at the KLA Convention in Wichita. Both are part of family businesses that have been involved in ranching and farming for multiple generations.
Clawson is a fourth-generation rancher and farmer with ownership interests in various family partnerships. The Clawson Ranch Partnership, with his brother, Dan, includes a cow-calf business and an irrigated and dryland farming operation. The stated purpose of this partnership is to “sow, nurture and grow” not only food for the world, but also people. Clawson is a part owner in High Plains Dairy at Plains and is a partner in Plains State Bank. His farm and ranch holdings are located in Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.
The list of Clawson’s leadership involvement is lengthy. He serves on the KLA Executive Committee and the KLA and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) boards of directors. Clawson is a past chairman of both the KLA Dairy Council and KLA Stockgrowers Council. He previously has chaired the KLA Tax Committee and served as vice chair of the KLA Policy & Resolutions Committee. Clawson currently is a member of the NCBA Tax & Credit Committee. He attended the NCBA Leadership Institute in 1997 and NCBA Young Cattlemen’s Conference in 2002.
Clawson sits on the K-State Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC) Board of Directors. He served four years on the board for Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District #3. Clawson is a past member of the Cimarron Basin Governor’s Water Advisory Board. He served 16 years on the Ashland School Board and is active in his church and youth ministries.
He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in animal sciences & industry (AS&I) in 1986.
Clawson and his wife, Jeanne, have three grown children. Layne graduated from the Air Force Academy and is an Air Force pilot. Ann, a K-State graduate, is marketing director for Plains State Bank. Carl, a K-State AS&I graduate, is a location manager for Tri-Rotor Spray at Ulysses.
Reeve is a principal in his family’s integrated agribusiness that includes Reeve Cattle Company, Reeve Agri Energy and irrigated farming interests. Reeve Cattle Company is a 46,000 head feedyard started by his father, Jack, in 1962. The Reeve Agri Energy ethanol facility was co-located next to the feedyard in 1982, with distiller’s grains from the plant used as feed for the cattle.
Reeve represents the sixth generation of his family in the cattle business and the second generation to have served as a KLA officer. His father was KLA president in 1975.
His involvement in industry organizations has been extensive. Reeve is on the KLA Board of Directors and Cattle Feeders Council (CFC) Executive Committee. He currently chairs the KLA Water Committee and is a past CFC chairman. Reeve is a past participant in the KLA Leadership Conference and previously served as Finney County KLA director. Reeve represents Kansas on the NCBA Board of Directors and is a member of the NCBA Ag Policy Committee.
Reeve has been a director for the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, Beef Empire Days, Commerce Bank of Garden City and Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas. He was a gubernatorial appointment to the Agriculture Value-Added Processing Leadership Council. U.S. Ag Secretary Ed Madigan appointed him to the Alternative Research and Commercialization Board in 1992.
He is a past recipient of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture’s “Innovator of the Year” Award. LMIC named Reeve and his father as “Stockmen of the Year” in 2000.
Reeve graduated from K-State with a degree in agricultural economics. He received the Distinguished Agricultural Economics Alumnus Award in 1996.
He and his wife, Brenda, have three grown children, all of whom are K-State graduates. Kelley Deines and her husband, Ryan, live at Garden City. Kelley is part owner in The Corner on Main, while Ryan owns Holcomb Scraper Manufacturing. Justin Reeve works for Reeve Cattle Company. Darcy Reeve is a recent K-State graduate.
KLA is a 5,300-member 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.