Cultivate Ideas.
Nourish Leaders.
Harvest Excellence.

We’re a network of leaders based in agrarian values demonstrating excellence and performing at their highest potential.

Who Are We

Roots & Legacies Consulting, Inc. brings together smart, experienced, connected and passionate individuals all focused on one goal: Empowering Others to Excellence. The group, founded in 2017, brings together different areas of expertise and experience with shared values and the common thread of a deep desire and drive to serve and empower organizations, businesses and individuals who impact the excellence of the agricultural industry and rural America.


Mission & Services


To cultivate ideas, nourish leaders, and harvest excellence by putting our talents, passions and agrarian values to work by engaging and developing individuals and organizations.


Our mission will be achieved by providing consulting services in five areas:

Business Operations: Sometimes the only thing standing between a business concept and business success is a change in process, a better understanding of the market, or developing new skills within your team. Our team can help your business or organization excel through offering counsel and analysis on business development, processes, economics, feasibility assessments, workforce development and more. Our goal is to help you reach yours through the most effective, efficient path.

Strategic Communications: In today’s hyper-connected environment, what you say and how you say it matters more than ever. We want to help you tell your story in a powerful way by defining strong message platforms, determining the best places to share your information, offering media training to help deliver your message, and preparing for crisis and issues that may affect your organization.

Personal and Professional Development – Our team is both professionally and personally passionate about helping people realize their personal potential and, in turn, help their business or organization excel. We offer professional coaching and training, interview preparation, interview process development and execution, professional development training, and speakers bureau management.

Program and Event Management – Roots & Legacies can serve as an extension of your team to coordinate specific events and programs, or identify the ideal team to manage your association or a specific program or project. Our commitment to excellence extends to services such as association management, curriculum development, fund raising, and leadership development.

Influence-Building Efforts – Leveraging our team’s talents and experience identifying common ground, building alliances and working on technical, challenging situations, we are able to manage issues, engage in policy development and execution, train and prepare political candidates and manage collations.


Chad – Coming soon

J.J. – While northwest Kansas will always be home, J.J. Jones lives in and works from Kansas City. He has continued to enhance his agricultural and leadership skills from the strong foundation that was built growing up in a diversified agribusiness family and being an active member of both 4-H and FFA. Earning degrees from Kansas State University in Animal Science and Industry as well as International Agriculture, J.J. is a strong leader in association management, communicating with various agriculture and food industry stakeholders and putting his passion for international agriculture to use in developing global markets for Roots & Legacies’ clients. J.J. and his partner, Kevin, enjoy all things food and wine!

Josh – Coming soon

Mary – Mary Soukup grew up on a first generation, cattle and row crop family farm in Northeast Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural communications and journalism, she began her career in Washington, D.C., gaining valuable legislative and public affairs experience on Capitol Hill and for an agricultural industry association. Since returning home to her Kansas roots in 2012, Mary has continued to serve both agriculture and her rural community in her professional career and personal life. Mary and her husband, and their two young children farm and ranch in Central Kansas.

Sarah – Coming soon

Jax – Having grown up on a family farm in southeast Kansas, Jackie McClaskey learned her passion for agriculture at an early age. At each step in her personal and professional career, she has always remained connected to agriculture. From her early days in 4-H and FFA to earning three progressive degrees in agricultural economics and animal science, she has built on her initial foundation and agrarian roots to serve Kansas agriculture through roles in Washington D.C., at our nation’s first land-grant institution and in state government. She and her husband live in Manhattan with their two Australian Shepherds, Lady and Scout.


Lindsey Huseman —  As an independent writer and curriculum developer, Lindsey has performed contract curriculum work for the Nebraska Department of Education, SkillsUSA, the Kansas Curriculum Library, and Vivayic (including projects for Monsanto). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Kansas State University, and served as the agricultural instructor and FFA adviser at Wilson (KS) High School from 2006-2013. Lindsey currently serves as the Ellsworth County Farm Bureau Association President and is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Ellsworth County Fair Association. Lindsey and her husband, Mark, manage Huseman Ranch, which includes commercial cow/calf pairs and alfalfa hay production, while chasing two busy toddlers, Hagen (4) and Heidi (2). They live on the family ranch near Ellsworth, Kansas.

Shannon Krueger — Shannon’s creative toolbox is well-stocked with proficiencies in design, photography, social media and website management, project management, copywriting, editing and event planning. She spent eight years gaining experience in the non-profit, higher education and corporate sectors, always working as a freelancer on the side and making the leap in 2011 to full-time business owner. She studied at Kansas State University, earning a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Journalism in 2003 and M.S. in Mass Communications in 2006. She also completed graduate coursework in Agricultural Leadership and Rural Development in 2003 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Shannon is passionate about creating stellar work that brings value to her clients. She has served clients of all shapes and sizes from Alaska to Florida on a variety of digital and print projects. She and her husband, Cody, farm with family near Abilene, Kansas, and have a toddler, Samuel.


Roots & Legacies Consulting, Inc.
1310A Westloop Place, #122
Manhattan, KS 66502