Kirk Rice of Weskan earned a 500,000 acres award at Servi-Tech’s annual Professional Development Conference in Kearney earlier this month.
He is one of two agronomists within Servi-Tech to be members of this prestigious 500,000-acres club in its 43-year history.
Rice attributed his award and success at Servi-Tech to longevity and persistence.
“I like the fact that you’re working 1-on-1 with farmers and helping them to the best job they can do. You form relationships,” Rice said.
He consults on irrigated and dryland crops. He has worked with corn, wheat, alfalfa, pinto beans, milo, sunflowers and soybeans.
Rice has worked for Servi-Tech since 1978.
"The volume of acres and the number of different crops Kirk has walked throughout his career is a testament to Kirk's ability and knowledge. It's people like this who have a passion for what they do, and care deeply about helping our customers that make Servi-Tech what it is," said Steve Soden, Chief Crop Services Officer at Servi-Tech. "People like Kirk Rice are the backbone of this company. We're proud to have employees like him."
He is active in his community, and is a past member of the school board and Rotary. Presently he is a member of the Wallace County Ambulance Association and NWKS EMS in Goodland.
Rice said he tries to get involved if and when organizations need help in Wallace County.
A lot has changed in the 40 years since Rice started working for Servi-Tech. He’s now working with the third generation of farmers on several of his customer accounts.
Farm size has increased, technology has advanced, the size of equipment has changed and things like GPS have come into the fold in today’s world.
“I thought I’d stay a couple of years, see what happens and move on,” Rice said. “I got involved in my community, and decided I didn’t want to do anything different.”
Rice and his wife, Connie, have four kids, six grandsons and three granddaughters, ranging in age from 8 to 20.