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Flinchbaugh, B. L. | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Flinchbaugh, B. L.
Variant Name: Barry Flinchbaugh; Dr. Flinchbaugh; Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh

Historical Note: Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh has been a professor at Kansas State University (KSU) for 40 plus years. As a Professor Emeritus, Dr. Flinchbaugh still teaches undergraduates and is now educating a third generation of KSU families. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Flinchbaugh earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1964 and a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1967, both from Penn State. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Dr. Flinchbaugh joined KSU in 1971, and has conducted statewide public affairs educational programs in such areas as financing state and local government, food and agricultural policy, use value appraisal of Kansas farmland, and water policy. He served for four years as special Assistant to the President of KSU. Mr. Flinchbaugh served for five years as Chairman of the prestigious Alfred M. Landon lecture series on public issues. Mr. Flinchbaugh has been Director of Board of Trade of Kansas City (KCBT), Missouri, Inc. since January 2007. He had joined the KCBT board of directors in 1997. Flinchbaugh is known as a leading expert on agricultural policy and agricultural economics. During his early professional years, he began working with leaders of both political parties on federal farm bills. He went on to serve on a variety of boards of directors, advisory organizations and national task forces, providing input on domestic food and agriculture policy and serving as an advisor to industry and government leaders. Dr. Flinchbaugh’s influence reaches beyond Kansas to the national and international arenas. He represents the agricultural community through active participation in the development of U.S. agricultural policy. He is and has been a trusted adviser to industry leaders, members of Congress, presidents, cabinet secretaries and international dignitaries. His service on numerous national task forces, boards of directors and advisory groups has allowed him to provide input on domestic food and agriculture policy. He served as chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture authorized in the 1996 FAIR ACT, also known as the Freedom to Farm Act. Flinchbaugh has been honored with Outstanding Teacher Awards three times by Kansas State University and has been recognized by the agricultural industry with several honors. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Farm Bureau and recently was selected as one of Farm Credit's 100 Fresh Perspectives, a national recognition for leaders making positive contributions to agriculture and rural communities.
Note Author: Audrey E. Swartz

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