Great Bend, KS
Charles Atkinson, from Great Bend, Kan. is a sixth generation grower and began farming in 1980. He grows soybeans, wheat, sorghum, corn, cattle and native hay on his 1,000-plus acre farm. Atkinson farms with his son, Matthew, and his father, Marion.
Atkinson has been an American Soybean Association (ASA) director since 2016, and also serves as a director on the Kansas Soybean Association. Additionally, he is the president of the Barton County Fair and the executive director of the Kansas Fairs & Festivals Association.
Atkinson and his wife, Inga, have three children: Matthew, Chelsey and Lynette. They also have seven grandchildren.
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