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TEAM

At Frahm Farmland, we know that the secret to our success is our fantastic team of dedicated, hard-working employees. Every individual comes with a unique set of skills and strengths, making each one an important part of our operation. We believe that our crew is the most valuable asset on the farm.

We also strongly support applied learning and regularly host on-farm interns. Learn about our internship program.

Lon

Lon Frahm
CEO

As the driving force behind Frahm Farmland, Inc., Lon Frahm’s role is one that is complex and far-reaching. The 6th generation in his family to farm in Thomas County, Lon has been at the helm of Frahm Farmland, Inc. since 1986 when his father’s sudden death launched the then-28-year-old into the farm’s lead role. Since then, Lon has grown the operation from 5,000 acres to more than 25,000 and continues to look for opportunities to enhance the business.

Lon completed his bachelor degrees in business administration and agricultural economics and later his masters of agribusiness, all from Kansas State University. A strong believer in the value of continuing education, Lon has also taken part in numerous professional educational programs, including Kansas Ag and Rural Leadership, Leadership Kansas and The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers with Texas A&M University. A particular high point in Lon’s career came in 2009 when he was named Farm Journal’s Top Producer of the Year. He has since been invited to a variety of educational and business venues to speak on farm management and other areas of expertise.

While the vast majority of Lon’s time and energy is spent managing the business and marketing aspects of the farm, he does find time to pursue his other passions, including musical performance and theatre, international travel and aviation. Lon also places great importance on local community development and he has served on a variety of boards and committees, including High Plains Public Radio, the Thomas County Historical Society, Groundwater Management District #4 and the Citizens Medical Center, among others.

Chuck


Chuck Moore
CFO

Chuck Moore is one of the newer members of the FFI team. He started as the farm’s CFO in 2011 after a long career in both public and private accounting. Originally from Scott City, Kan., Chuck has lived in Colby since 1981 and holds a degree in accounting from Kansas State University in addition to being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). On the farm, he is responsible for various aspects of the operation’s finances, including day-to-day expenditures, entity organization, payroll, insurance, tax returns and human resources/employee benefits.

Outside of the farm, Chuck has served on several boards including the Midwest Energy, Inc. Board, the Kiwanis Board, the Pioneer Memorial Library Board of Trustees and the Colby Community College Board. He is also currently in the process of completing The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers through Texas A&M University and was a member of the 1990 Leadership Kansas class. Chuck is particularly passionate about the 80-year-old house that he is owner of and spends much of his spare time on maintenance and renovation. He also loves to cook and grow his own herbs.


Dave


David Denneler
Crop Production Manager

A native of Colby, Kan., Dave Denneler is one of the longest running employees at FFI. Dave's 30+-year career with the farm started in 1980 when he was employed over the summer to take care of yard work around the facility. Through the years, Dave has been a part of nearly every aspect of the operation, including machinery operation, planting, spraying, crop scouting and many others.

As the crop production manager, Dave's primary responsibilities now include grain and bin management, grain marketing, seed purchases and crop scouting. Additionally, he has attended The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers with Texas A&M University and Management and Strategic Thinking with Kansas State University.

In his free time, Dave loves restoring antique cars and is currently working on a 1967 Ford Mustang. He also enjoys woodworking and building furniture, as well as golfing, pheasant hunting and going camping at Wilson Lake in his camper. Dave has been married to his wife, Jaton, since 1982. The pair has two children - Casey and Ashley - and three grandchildren.

Dewey


Dewey Augustine
Mechanic

Few employees at FFI know the farm like Dewey Augustine, who has been part of the operation’s team since 1976. The resident mechanic, Dewey has been working with machines his entire life. He completed training in farm and diesel mechanics at a vocational school following high school before going on to work for John Deere in Colby, Kan. It didn’t take long for FFI to recognize Dewey’s talents and hire him to make sure all of the farm’s equipment is running smoothly.

In addition to being passionate about figuring out how things work, Dewey also loves to golf and hunt. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as road biking, being active in his church and keeping his lawn in pristine condition. Dewey is a community volunteer, a past school board member and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is married to Pam and has a son and daughter as well as three grandchildren - Heath, Hailey and Hallie.


Dean


Dean Schielke
Electrician

Dean Schielke isn’t far from home at FFI. In fact, he grew up only a mile and half away from the farm’s headquarters. Dean went to school at Pittsburg State University where he studied electrical engineering and received his B.S. in Industrial Technology. From there, he went on to spend 24 years working for Western Sprinklers, traveling throughout the Midwest as a part of his work responsibilities. However, when FFI presented Dean with the opportunity for a career shift, he enthusiastically joined the farm as its resident electrician. Dean is responsible for various aspects of the operation, including sprinklers, electrical systems on the grain bins and any other electrical needs throughout the farm’s several shops and buildings.

When not running wires, Dean’s second passion is for woodworking. He has undertaken a variety of different projects including cabinet work, cedar chests, quilt closets and many others. Dean has a large family that includes his wife, Bettie, as well as seven children and 14 grandchildren.


Jason


Jason Schielke
Information Technology

Jason Schielke started with FFI in 1995. He grew up in Colby, Kan. and has spent his entire life in agriculture. On the farm, Jason handles a variety of duties, including planting, spraying and harvesting. He also serves as the operation’s informational technology specialist and is responsible for the various IT needs on the farm including computer maintenance, mapping and record keeping.

Keeping continuing education a priority, Jason has attended The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers with Texas A&M University and Management and Strategic Thinking with Kansas State University.

Jason is married and the pair has a son and a daughter. Jason likes to spend his free time hunting, working around the house and enjoying his family. Most recently, the Schielkes have become horse owners, which is sure to provide Jason with plenty of projects to keep him busy.


Mike


Mike Brocklehurst
Machinery & Logistics

Mike Brocklehurst joined FFI in 2004 when he came to Kansas from his native Zimbabwe through an internship with Ohio State University. A trained gemologist, Mike had grown up on a 20,000+-acre cattle ranch which made him feel right at home on the endless plains of Western Kansas. As a result, Mike chose to stay on with the operation following the end of his internship and has continued with FFI ever since. He wears a number of hats on the farm, including driving trucks, operating machinery, planting corn and anything else he is needed for.

When not on the farm, Mike enjoys reading historical fiction, science fiction and Stephen King novels. He also likes to golf, hunt and fish. Mike is married to Nicole and the two have a daughter, Lorelei, born in 2013.


Shannon


Shannon Hopson
Machinery & Mechanics

Shannon Hopson started with FFI in 2011. Having grown up in Colby, Kan., Shannon has spent his entire career working on farms, including spending several years on a farm in southeast Kansas before moving back to Colby to join the FFI team. Shannon’s responsibilities are diverse on the operation, as he handles anything from mechanic work to equipment operation to picking up parts.

Shannon is married with two children and he serves as the sound tech at his local church. In addition to spending time with his family, Shannon also enjoys pheasant hunting and archery.

Brian


Brian Weis
Construction & Maintenance

Brian Weis joined FFI in early 2013. Responsible for the various aspects of maintenance of the farm’s facilities, Weis can regularly be seen completing any variety of tasks from construction to finish work. Weis also assists with any other farm-related jobs that he may be needed for.

Originally from the Colby area, Weis grew up on a farm, where he developed a passion for carpentry. However, Weis spent much of his career working in electronics, regularly undertaking custom cabinetry jobs on the side in his spare time. He is excited to be able to utilize those skills as part of his job responsibilities with FFI.

In addition to carpentry, Weis also has a passion for drag racing antique cars and is owner to a 1964 Ford Falcon. He shares his love for cars with his wife and two children. In addition to drag racing, Weis also enjoys hunting and taking his Star motorcycle out for a spin.

Brian


Luke Schroeder
Agronomist & Sprayer Operator

Luke Schroeder came to FFI in 2013 as the farm’s in-house agronomist and sprayer operator. He also regularly takes on a variety of mechanically-related duties. Schroeder spent two years at Colby Community College studying engineering and later agronomy before transferring to Fort Hays State University, where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree of science in agronomy. He has also since received a degree in applied science from Colby Community College.

Schroeder grew up in Colby and comes from a large family of 15 children. He spent his childhood helping his father out on their farm and plans to spend his career working in agriculture. Schroeder loves to hunt a variety of game and enjoys spending time with his family and girlfriend. He also has a talent in woodworking and enjoys cabinetry work.