Immediate Past President
E-mail: jdmcrey (at) ruraltel.net
Jerry McReynolds lives south of Woodston, Kan., where he produces wheat, sorghum for grain and forage, corn and soybeans. He also operates a commercial cow herd, including backgrounding and finishing.
Before becoming a NAWG officer, Jerry served as chairman of the NAWG Environmental Policy Committee and as a member of NAWG’s Domestic Policy, Nominating and Budget Committees and the NAWG/U.S. Wheat Associates Joint Biotechnology Committee.
Additionally, Jerry has held several leadership positions in the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, including all of the officer chairs. As KAWG president, he helped start the Kansas Farm Bill Coalition, the first of its kind. He was also involved in the process that culminated in Kansas Wheat, the cooperative agreement between KAWG and the Kansas Wheat Commission.
Outside of the wheat industry, Jerry was elected to the Kansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors in 1998, representing the sixth district. Jerry has served for more than two decades on the Rooks County Conservation District Board, including as president, and has acted as district supervisor. He has also chaired the research committee of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts and served for 12 years on the board of his local cooperative.
Jerry has also served several years on the Rooks County and Kansas Extension Boards, including time as president of both organizations. He has held the presidency of the Kansas Extension Advisory Council and Kansas Citizens for Extension Education (KCEE), and he is an appointed member of the Kansas Rural Life Task Force. He also serves as a director of an ag community bank, Farmers Bank of Osborne, and is active in his church and choir.
Jerry holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. He has participated in the Kansas Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program and in NAWG’s Wheat Industry Leadership of Tomorrow (WILOT) program.
He and his wife, Diane, have three grown children that Jerry describes as “their best crops”. In 2003, Jerry and Diane were the recipients of the Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker Award, given by the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service and Kansas Farmer magazine.