MANHATTAN — Jack Jenkinson, Meade County, was honored as Kansas Farm Bureau’s Farm Family of the Year.

Jenkinson received the award during Kansas Farm Bureau’s 99th annual meeting in Manhattan, Dec. 3.

Ten families are selected each year for the Farm Family of the Year award. The award recognizes families for their service and leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities.

Jenkinson has been farming his whole life on his multi-generational family farm. In 1961, he married Della.

Jenkinson has found innovative ways of surviving the difficult environment of southwest Kansas.

He has served on the Southwest Kansas Irrigators board of directors as well as the Kansas Farm Bureau membership committee.

Additionally, Jenkinson has been on the Meade County Farm Bureau board of directors for more than 50 years.

He has served in every single officer position but one—the women’s leadership chair.

Jenkinson currently serves on the Wheat Advisory committee.

One of Jenkinson’s favorite activities is developing young and beginning farmers. He enjoys mentoring and providing opportunities for young producers to learn.

Jenkinson is a longtime member of the Kansas Flying Farmers and International Flying Farmers club. He has attended several fly-ins over the years.

He also participated in a "tractorcade" during the farm crisis of the 1980s. Jenkinson drove his tractor from Meade to capitol hill in Washington, D.C.