The Sunflower Award is Kansas Grain and Feed Association’s most prestigious award given annually to recognize someone who has made a significant and notable contribution to our industry and/or our association. The contribution may be of scientific achievement, marketing, engineering, transportation or management, but it is not limited to these specifically.
2019 Sunflower Award Winner

Pat Roberts

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts is a Kansan through and through. He was born in Topeka, graduated from Holton High School and went on to earn his journalism degree from K-State.

For 16 years, he represented the Big First District, including his home of Dodge City, in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1996, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He is currently serving his fourth term. Roberts has built a reputation as a national leader in agriculture, health care and defense.

Senator Roberts is Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He became the first member of Congress in history to have chaired both the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate committee.

Roberts continues his work in the 116th Congress ensuring that farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to advance American agriculture. He is fighting barriers to trade and regulations that threaten producers’ competitiveness.

Sen. Roberts is a proud fourth generation Kansan. Born in Topeka on April 20, 1936, Roberts is the son of the late Wes Roberts, chairman of the Republican National Committee under President Dwight Eisenhower.

Roberts and his wife, Franki, have three grown children – David, Ashleigh and Anne-Wesley, and seven grandchildren. They own homes in Dodge City and Topeka.

Past Sunflower Award Winners

1986 | Frank McBride
1987 | Bill Morand
1988 | Dr. Robert Schoeff
1989 | Arch DeBruce
1990 | Jerry Schweitzer
1991 | Milton Morrison
1992 | John Cranor
1993 | Delbert Bosley
1994 | Jimmie Dean

1995 | Jim Otto
1996 | Lucille Severe
1997 | Ed Dwyer
1998 | Clayton Mantz
1999 | S. Dean Evans
2000 | Gary Bothwell
2001 | Ron Stucky
2002 | Mike Braude
2003 | Don Timmel

2004 | Brendon Donnelly
2005 | Barry Flinchbaugh
2006 | Robert Dole
2007 | Robert Gantz
2008 | Fred Norwood
2009 | Jan Moyer
2011 | Gary Mundhenke
2012 | Paul DeBruce
2013 | Charles R. “Dick” Webb

2014 | Jeff C. Borchardt
2015 | Thomas E. Meyer
2016 | Charles “Dub” Johnson
2017 | Lowell Downey
2017 | Tom Tunnell
2018 | Chuck Elsea
2019 | Pat Roberts