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Lon Frahm

A sixth-generation Kansan, Frahm began running his family's farm in Thomas County when he was only 28 years old, after his father's death. He grew his row crop operation from 7,000 to 30,000 acres.

Frahm earned bachelor's degrees in business and ag economics from Kansas State University (KSU) and is an alum of the KSU Masters of Agribusiness program. Focusing on management, analysis, and planning, Frahm Farmland has became a national leader in no-till farming, keeping plowing, disking, and other tillage to a minimum to increase the quantity of residue present in the field. The residue is key to protecting the soil from wind and rain erosion, as well as increasing moisture retention and reducing the need for irrigation.

Frahm was named Farm Journal's Top Producer of the Year in 2009. His contributions in the ag community include work on water conservation projects with the Kansas Water Office and as a volunteer in the USDA Conservation Stewardship Program, which encourages producers to address resources concerns in a comprehensive manner.

He volunteers for a wide variety of local organizations with emphasis on agriculture leadership, and serves on boards in the areas of medical, senior centers, historical, and groundwater management. 

Entry: Frahm, Lon

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: February 2019

Date Modified: February 2019

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