Smith Center's Philip Weltmer was elected vice chairman of the Kansas Beef Council. The group's executive council also selected Barb Downey, Wamego, as its chairwoman.

Weltmer and his wife, Jessica, partner with his grandfather, father and uncle in the ownership and management of W&S Ranch Inc. in Smith county. The Weltmer operation consists of a registered and commercial Angus cowherd, a diversified farming operation and feeding enterprise. Philip is a member of Kansas Livestock Association and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, American Angus Assocation Kansas Farm Bureau. He currently serves on the joint CBB and NCBA federation nutrition and health subcommittee and market research working group. He also is a member of the KLA and NCBA boards of directors. Philip and Jessica have three children, Kaden, Korey and Kaylee.