Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Friend and Agricultural Titan

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Friend and Agricultural Titan

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, Friend and Agricultural Titan On Friday morning, the Manhattan, K-State and Kansas community gathered to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh, an agricultural titan in Kansas and around the country, and one of the most empathetic men I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He cared about every student that walked through his classroom doors, and the care he showed for so many was as uncommon as it was inspiring. Like all who were lucky enough to know him or learn from him, I was deeply affected by Dr. Flinchbaugh’s passing last November. This ceremony provided a beautiful moment to come together to honor his life as a trusted mentor to many and as a leader to the community. I respected and loved him, and his presence in my life made me a better person. It is hard to put into words the impact Dr. Flinchbaugh had on those he taught or the generations of people who will benefit from his presence in ag policy. During my time in Congress, many of his former students have come to work on my team – 15 staff members and numerous interns – to serve Kansans and make the best decisions for our great state and country. He didn’t just teach ag policy, he taught rural leaders, and he gave his students the ability to think critically about what was important to them. I was honored to be a […]

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