Featured business person: Duane Liddeke

10/25/2012 12:00 AM

10/24/2012 12:07 PM

Liddeke brings a lifetime of experience in farming and banking to his new job at Citizens.

“Production ag is my passion,” he said. “I want to be as closely involved with it as I can be.”

Liddeke, 41, grew up on a family farm in Norwich, helping with its grain, livestock, custom swathing and baling operations. He studied animal science and industry with a business option at Kansas State University, then worked as an extension agent in Reno County for a couple of years before entering the banking business.

At First National Bank in Hutchinson, Liddeke spent 11 years managing about 50,000 acres in southwestern Kansas.

“It was for absentee landowners and entities like endowments, trusts and just private investors,” he said.

He went to Conway Bank in 2008 as an ag loan officer, then joined Citizens last month.

“I also do any type of commercial or consumer lending, but my focus is ag — production loans and land loans.”

Liddeke and his wife, Keri, live west of Colwich with their two sons, Cash, 9, and Kruce, 5, and a few head of livestock that are “more of a hobby.”

Youth sports and other family activities take up most of his time when he’s not at work.

“And of course I’m enjoying the (college) football season so far this year.”

Joe Stumpe

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