MANHATTAN – Kansas agriculture has lost a true statesman and friend.
Doyle D. Rahjes, 85, a small grains and livestock farmer who served as President of the Kansas Farm Bureau from 1983-1994, passed away Friday following a short illness.
After serving in the Army from 1952-1954 and Kansas National Guard Active Reserves through 1965, Rahjes began his involvement in the state’s largest farm organization in Phillips County near Agra.
He began his service on the Phillips County Farm Bureau board in 1966. He then was elected to the Kansas Farm Bureau board in 1971, served as vice president from 1973-1983, then as president until 1994.
Rahjes represented Farm Bureau on the state, national and international levels, including as trade negotiations consultant for the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Among appointments to numerous positions by governors and U.S. presidents, Rahjes was one of the first agriculture leaders from the United States to travel to the former Soviet Union to help organize local farm organizations.
“Doyle was a constant champion of Kansas and U.S. agriculture in so many capacities,” Rich Felts, Kansas Farm Bureau president said. “But beyond his service to agriculture around the world, Doyle will be remembered as a man of honesty, integrity, and charity. He will be missed