Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers

Mission Statement:

The Young Farmers and Ranchers, an integral part of Kansas Farm Bureau, are hard-working agriculture professionals dedicated to developing their leadership skills and empowering others to become actively involved in agriculture advocacy, promotion and education.

The Future

Kansas Farm Bureau has a keen interest in the development of young leaders as demonstrated by the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Program. Leadership Development is possible through a variety of opportunities which includes contests and the leadership conference.

Who is eligible to be a Young Farmer and Rancher? Farm Bureau voting members who are between the ages of 18 and 35.

More about YF&R:

The 2015 KFB YF&R Leaders Conference is January 23-25, 2015 at the Manhattan Conference Center Hilton Garden Inn

 

Collegiate Farm Bureau Information

 

Contests - Download contest applications now!

 

Harvest for All - Up-to-date Totals from County Farm Bureau's

 

For more information on Young Farmers & Ranchers contact Jill Casten- castenj@kfb.org

 

 

The Committee:

 

 Bowsers

District 1 - Jarrod and Sarah Bowser, Holton

From the first district, the Bowsers reside in Holton. Jarrod and Sarah are active in the Kansas agriculture community. The diversified farm includes a cow-calf herd, background calves, hay and forage crops and grain crops. Sarah works for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program as a Kansas regional representative. Her profession provides the chance to work with producers, first-handlers and end-users to ensure sorghum farmer productivity and profitability. The Bowsers have been married six years.

 

 

District 2 - Nick & Jennie Guetterman - Johnson, Co.

Nick and Jennie Guetterman are from Johnson County and represent the 2nd District.  Nick farms on a fourth generation row crop farm with his dad and three brothers.  Jennie is a registered nurse at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and helps on the farm on her days off.  The farm consists of row crop acres including corn, soybeans and wheat.

 

 

Phillips

District 3 - Caleb and Janet Phillips - Cherryvale

Caleb and Janet Phillips farm in rural Labette County, where Caleb is a 5th generation farmer.  They raise corn, soybeans and wheat and they also have a large commercial cow herd. Janet grew up on a family farm in northeast Missouri and moved to Kansas to work for K-State Research and Extension before meeting Caleb.  They have been married for 5 years and have 2 children, Chester who is 2 and Iscel who was born this past November. Janet helps do about everything on the farm except she doesn't get to drive the new tractor or combine, because Caleb doesn't like to share those things. They both are very active in their church, because they know without God they would not be able to do what they do.

 

 

District 4 - Mark & Kristin Bergkamp - Haysville, KS

Mark and Kristin Bergkamp are from Haysville and farm in Sedgwick and Harvey counties with Mark's parents. Their main crops are wheat, corn, and soybeans. Some of their crops are irrigated and some crops are dry-land. Mark and Kristin have been married for 9 years and have two children: Jackson, who is 5 1/2, and Olivia, who is 10 months.

 

schrack

District 5 - Sam and Nicole Shrack - Abilene

Sam and Nicole Shrack live South of Abilene in the 5th district. They are the sixth generation and farm on 1500 acres raising wheat, milo, soybeans, and corn. They help with a 100 ewe flock raising 4-H show lambs, and also run grass calves in the summer months. Nicole is a part-time Registered Dental Hygienist and a Crop Insurance agent at Harris Crop Insurance with Sam’s parents located at their farm. 

 

 

District 6 - Mike & Sara Rosebrook - Lincoln Co.

Mike and Sara Rosebrook reside in Lincoln County and are pleased to represent the 6th district. Sara feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom to their two girls, Alison and Marissa. Mike works with his father, uncle, and cousin on their family farm and ranch and also operates a custom applicator business, Rosebrook Custom Ag. The Rosebrooks run a full no-till farm consisting of 5500 acres of wheat, milo, soybeans, and alfalfa.  Their ranch consists of 800 cows, both spring and fall calvers. The calves are marketed as NHTC cattle and fattened at a local feed yard.  They buy and background around 500 calves annually which they feed to 800 lbs. and sell through the local sale barn. 

 

 

splitter 

District 7 - Matt and Janna Splitter - Lyons

Matt and Janna Splitter are from Rice County and are excited to represent the 7th District. Matt is the sole-operator and owner of their fifth generation farm. They grow wheat, sorghum, soybeans and corn on dryland and irrigated farmground. Custom work is also a large part of their operation. Janna works at Lyons State Bank in lending and helps with farm financials and paperwork in the evenings and  weekends. The Splitters welcomed their first child, a daughter named Laikyn, in September 2013.

 

 

District 8 - Clint & Jessica Dearden - Scott City, KS

Clint and Jessica Dearden are from Scott County and represent the 8th District.  Clint works on the family farm southeast of Scott City, which has been recognized as a Century Farm Family. He works with his dad and two uncles and plans to continue the farm when they step down.  They farm around 7,000 acres.  It consists of rotating wheat, sorghum, corn, and summer fallow.  Clint also takes care of a small cow/calf herd.  Jessica is a substitute teacher and is a supervisor at the elementary school’s after school program.  She drives grain cart when needed as well as learning about other operations on the farm.

 

 

District 9 - Jeff & Azuree Jones- Johnson, KS

Jeff and Azuree Jones are from Johnson, Kansas and are representing the 9th district.  Jeff was born and raised on his family’s 3rd generation dairy farm in New Mexico.  Immediately following school he made operating the family farm with his father and brother his career.  The dairy milks 3000 head in a rotary barn.  Jeff farmed while there to help grow quality feed for their cows.  In 2010 Jeff and Azuree took a huge leap of faith and moved to Kansas so Jeff could pursue his love for crop farming. Jeff is currently following his dream of growing corn, milo, wheat and feed.  Jeff and Azuree have been married for 16 years and have two sons, Taylor, who is 15, and Duane, who is 11.

 

 

District 10 - Tim & Katherine Franklin - Goodland, KS

Tim and Katherine Franklin are from Sherman County and represent the 10th district. The family farm in Goodland is where they operate alongside Tim’s parents, managing irrigated and dryland acres.  The irrigated crops are mainly strip-tilled corn with some wheat and the dryland is in a wheat/corn/fallow rotation.