Doug Keesling is a fifth-generation farmer from Chase, Kansas. With more than 30+ years’ experience in farming, agribusiness, and agriculture policy, Keesling has participated in nearly every aspect of the industry—ranging from crop production, to provision of supplies and services to farmers and farm communities, to shaping of agricultural policy through involvement in state, national and international agricultural trade organizations.
Keesling began his career as a farmer—operating a farm, raising livestock and growing wheat, corn, soybean, and sorghum. He is the owner of Keesling Farms, an agricultural input supplier and 2,500 family-owned acre operation located in Chase, Kansas; Output Management, an environmental cleanup operation of hazmat materials and manure cleanups for large scale layer facilities delivered to farmers and spread for crops; and a past owner of Millennium Healthcare.
A former chairman and current member of the Kansas Wheat Commission, Keesling was instrumental in the formation of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center. He has represented the organization in trade missions to Cuba, Iraq, Africa, and Central America.
As a passionate advocate for farmers at home, Keesling has also traveled the United States to promote wheat on behalf of many agricultural organizations. He is a founding board member of Heartland Plant Innovations, and has served on the boards of Plains Grains, Inc., the Wheat Foods Council, U.S. Wheat Associates, and the IGP Institute.
Keesling and his wife, T.J., have two boys, Chase and Colby, and two girls, Opal Jo and Elsie. In his free time, Keesling enjoys spending time with his church, family and friends, and guiding hunting trips.