MANHATTAN – The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced that ballots to elect commissioners to the state’s five grain commodity commissions – corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat – have been mailed to registered voters in Districts 7, 8 and 9 in the eastern region of Kansas.

District 7 includes: Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wyandotte counties. The candidates from District 7 are:

Corn: Ken McCauleyGrain sorghum: Nathan LarsonSoybeans: James ZwonitzerSunflowers: No candidate running; position to be filled by appointmentWheat: Jay Armstrong

District 8 includes: Anderson, Chase, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Johnson, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Morris, Osage, Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties. The candidates from District 8 are:

Corn: Patrick D. RossGrain sorghum: No candidate running; position to be filled by appointmentSoybeans: No candidate running; position to be filled by appointmentSunflowers: No candidate running; position to be filled by appointmentWheat: Jay Armstrong

District 9 includes: Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties. The candidates from District 9 are:

Corn: Randall L. SmallGrain sorghum: Gary KilgoreSoybeans: Mike BellarSunflowers: No candidate running; position to be filled by appointmentWheat: Jay Armstrong

Eligible voters who registered before Dec. 31, 2015, or who voted in the 2015 commission election will receive a ballot. Eligible voters are Kansans who reached age 18 before the election; have grown corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers or wheat during the last three years; and have properly registered to vote. The Kansas Wheat Commission elects one commissioner from Districts 7, 8 and 9 combined.

Ballots must be cast or postmarked by March 1. The names of candidates-elect will be announced in mid-March and the elected commissioners will take office on April 1. Commissioners serve three-year terms.

More details are available from the following organizations:

Kansas Corn Commission at (785) 448-2626 or www.kscorn.comKansas Grain Sorghum Commission at (785) 477-9474 or www.ksgrainsorghum.orgKansas Soybean Commission at (877) KS-SOYBEAN or www.kansassoybeans.orgKansas Sunflower Commission at (785) 565-3908 or www.kssunflower.comKansas Wheat Commission at (866) 75-WHEAT or www.kswheat.comKansas Department of Agriculture at (785) 564-6700 or http://agriculture.ks.gov/ksda-services/kansas-commodity-commissions.

KDA is devoted to providing an environment that encourages the fiscal growth of the agriculture industry and the state’s economy.