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Butler Alumni: Cody Palen

 Butler alumni, Cody Palen grew up in Scott City, Kansas.  He was an active member of 4-H and FFA, and to this day he still co-owns/operates Palen Club Lambs with his family.  Cody came to school at Butler Community College, where he earned A.S. degree in Agriculture in 2006.  He was also a member of the Butler Agriculture Club and he competed on one of the most successful Livestock Judging Teams Butler has ever fielded. 

 After his time at Butler, Cody followed his heart to Kansas State University, where he majored in Animal Science and Industry with a Business option.  At K-State Cody was also a member of Block and Bridle and the Livestock Judging Team.

After graduation Cody returned to western Kansas.  He has been employed as the Vice President of Western State Bank in Dodge City, Kansas.  Cody is responsible for commercial and agricultural lending.  On a daily basis, Cody analyzes operations and deals with providing financing in the way of term debt (land, cows, equipment) and operating lines of credit (crops, feeder calves, and feed).  In Cody’s words,

The best part of my job on the agriculture side is that I get to see a variety of different operations. It proves to me there isn’t one distinct way for a farmer or rancher to feed the world.”

In the three years since he graduated from K-State, Cody has found ways to step up and provide leadership within his community.  He is a member of the current Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockman’s Academy’s class, and is also a member of the Kansas Bankers Association where he participates in the YBOK program (Young Bankers of Kansas).  Cody enjoys hunting, golfing and most of all staying actively involved with youth livestock programs.  He judges shows and has helped to put on show and selection clinics, as well as helping to coach local 4-h judging teams. 

For Cody, success has been a result of making the most of every opportunity he has been presented with.  He has always worked hard, but he realized early on that Butler was the first step in his future.  The contacts and friends he has made along the way, as well as the activities he has chosen to become involved with have prepared him to take on any challenge. 

  “I have found my livestock judging experiences from both Butler Community College and Kansas State University to pay dividends. My current employer along with others purposely seeks out individuals with agriculture and specifically judging backgrounds for their ability to make a clear decision and defend it”.

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