KFB President Rich Felts
Montgomery County farmer Richard Felts was elected President of Kansas Farm Bureau in 2014. Felts served as Vice-President of Kansas Farm Bureau beginning in 2011. Before that he served on the board beginning in 2001.
The Kansas Farm Bureau President believes his farm organization is the Voice for Agriculture and this all begins with individual members across the state. “I firmly believe our farmers and ranchers will continue to work diligently to preserve and enhance our policy process by continued participation in our agricultural organization.”
Felts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences and Industry from Kansas State University. He currently is a partner in Felts Farms, a grain and livestock operation near Liberty in southeast Kansas.
Richard and his wife, Shirley, have four grown children: Cynthia Detar, Darren, Ryan and Kimberly Spillman.
Vice President Jeff Grossenbacher
Jeff Grossenbacher was chosen as Vice President of Kansas Farm Bureau at the 2014 annual meeting. Grossenbacher previously served as 1st District Director serving Atchison, Brown, Jackson, Jefferson, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Shawnee, Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Doniphan counties.
Grossenbacher farms a diversified corn, soybean and cattle operation. He is the sixth generation to operate the family farm in Nemaha County that was started in 1859.
He believes Kansas Farm Bureau is the one organization positioned to make a positive and beneficial difference on the issues that face agriculture today. “We solve these challenges and influence legislation with our grassroots’ team effort. The voice of each and every Farm Bureau member is vital to our success.”
Grossenbacher graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Mechanization Business and Industries. He is a leader in his church, community and serves on other local boards. He is a lifetime member of the Bern United Methodist Church.
He was a McCloy Fellow in Agriculture to Germany in 1998. Grossenbacher has five children, Natalie, Megan, Andrew, Trevor and Kristin. He and his wife Kathi live near Bern.
1st District Director Glenn Brunkow
Glenn Brunkow represents the 1st District that includes Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Nemaha, Pottawatomie, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties.
As a fifth-generation farmer/stockman, Brunkow farms with his father in Pottawatomie County. The family operation consists of soybeans, corn, wheat, hay, a cow herd and a small flock of sheep.
Brunkow started as a board member in Pottawatomie County Farm Bureau in 1999. He believes his farm organization is the most powerful voice for Kansas agriculture whether farmers and ranchers are lobbying elected officials in Topeka, Washington D.C. or educating fourth graders at home.
The Pottawatomie County farmer/stockman graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Ag Economics in 1993. In 2011, he received a master’s degree in Agronomy.
He is active in the Rock Creek FFA alumni and the Rock Creek Booster Club. Brunkow also serves as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Wamego. Glenn and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Tatum and Isaac.
2nd District Director George Pretz
The George Pretz family partnership is a diversified farming operation that includes a cow-calf operation, row crops and hay production. Crops include grain silage, soybeans and wheat as cash crops and rotation crops. They raise alfalfa, brome and canary grass for hay.
Pretz served as a member of the Miami County Farm Bureau board of directors from 1992 through 2002, serving as president from 1995 to 1999. He remains active in the Miami County Farm Bureau serving on the public policy and candidate evaluation committees.
Pretz says Kansas Farm Bureau represents all segments of the agricultural industry and speaks for all farmers and ranchers. He believes involvement in community and his agricultural organization helps your business and adds value to your life. “You can help yourself throughout your life, but you feel the best when you help others.”
Pretz has been active in his local school board, county extension council ag committee, 4-H, FFA, the Kansas Holstein Association and the Holstein Association of America.
George and his wife, Marjorie, have four children: Eric, Katherine, Jon and Mark.
3rd District Director Joe Newland
Joe Newland was elected in 2011 to represent KFB's 3rd district made up of Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties.
Newland served as a county board member, county president, State Resolutions Committee member, AFBF Voting Delegate and on school and bank boards.
The 3rd District Director believes Kansas Farm Bureau’s strength lies in its family involvement. “Farm Bureau has always made me feel like I’m part of a big family working toward the common goal of helping farmers and ranchers,” Newland says. “That’s what makes me proud to be a part of Farm Bureau in Kansas.”
The Neodesha farmer and wife, Dana, farm 2,800 acres of wheat, corn, soybeans and hay as well as manage a 300 head cow-calf herd. The Newland's have four children: Justin, Wade, Tyler and Jackie.
4th District Director Bob Voegele
The Bob Voegele operation near Arkansas City is a third-generation diversified agriculture enterprise consisting of grain and livestock production. They raise wheat, soybeans, grain sorghum, corn, prairie hay and alfalfa. The Voegeles also manage a cow-calf herd consisting of 120 head.
Prior to his election to the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors, Voegele served as president of the Cowley County Farm Bureau. During his tenure, the Cowley County Farm Bureau has been recognized for safety & health promotion and leadership development.
Voegele believes his farm organization succeeds with members working together. He’s seen the power of grassroots involvement of those with a vested interest in the land. “Our strength lies when individual farmers and ranchers unite and speak with one voice on behalf of agriculture.”
The 4th District Director remains active in the Cowley County livestock association, the economic development efforts of the Cowley County extension council and served a dozen years on the Bolton township board. Bob and wife, Jackie, are the parents of three children: Candace, Brenda and Barbara.
5th District Director Stacey Forshee
Stacey Forshee was elected 5th district director at the 2011 KFB annual meeting. The Cloud County farmer and husband, David, operate a 2,000-acre alfalfa, wheat, milo, corn and soybean farm, along with 500 head of cattle. The Forshees run a custom operation that includes cattle back grounding, swathing, baling, planting and harvesting.
Forshee has served as county board member and president, served on the Hay and Forage Advisory Committee and the Resolutions Committee. She was also on the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee, including serving as chair.
The 5th District Director believes Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Farm Bureau advocates on behalf of farm families who earn a living on the land. “Farm Bureau leads the way by speaking on behalf of our agricultural industry and making a difference in the world today.”
She serves on the board of directors for the Cloud Corporation, has been active in Booster Club as advertising representative and as a 4-H club leader. The Forshees have three children: Kendra, Lauren and Wyatt.
6th District Director Doug Zillinger
Doug Zillinger represents the 6th District that includes Ellis, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Phillips, Rooks, Russell, Smith and Trego counties.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University. He also has a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education.
Zillinger has served as president of Phillips County Farm Bureau. He recently served on the Kansas Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee and chaired the Kansas Farm Bureau’s State Promotion & Ag Education Committee. He secured a grant through Kansas Farm Bureau along with two local FFA and County Farm Bureau’s to develop a four-hour safety program that allowed students to learn about agriculture, safety and food issues.
Zillinger believes Farm Bureau in Kansas provides two main purposes – advocacy on behalf of farmers and ranchers, and education for Farm Bureau members at the local level. “With Farm Bureau we can exercise the power of many that we could never wield by ourselves.”
Doug and wife, Jana, run a diversified wheat, grain sorghum, alfalfa, forage sorghum and soybean operation near Logan in Phillips County. The operation also includes 150 cows and 50 head of yearlings. The Zillinger family utilizes horses to check and gather cattle. Daughters Beth, Emily and Jessica help with the livestock business.
7th District Director Keith Miller
Keith Miller and his family are long-time Farm Bureau members from Barton County. Miller was elected to the board in 2002.
In 1999, Miller and his family were selected 7th District Farm Family of the Year. They are third-generation farmers of their current farm and raise wheat, alfalfa, milo, corn and soybeans. The Miller's also have 200 cows.
The 7th District Director served on the county board, as county president, policy development and the state Natural and Environmental Resources committee. Miller represented American Farm Bureau as an officer of United States Meat Export Federation and served as Chairman. “Farm Bureau in Kansas exercises its grassroots foundation to implement policy in the state capital in Topeka and Washington, D.C.”
Miller serves on a number of boards and commissions including the U.S.D. 355 school board. He is elder at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinwood. Miller also serves as chair of the Board of Midwest Energy Inc. He and wife, Connie, have three married daughters: Amber Scheideman, Brooke Cook and Dara Prescott.
8th District Director Joe Jury
Joe Jury is a member of the Kansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He represents the 8th District which includes Clark, Edwards, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Lane, Meade, Pawnee, Rush and Scott counties.
Jury attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, double-majoring in Animal Science and Agronomy. He has lived near Ingalls since 1977 where he farms the fifth-generation family farm.
The 8th District Director has served on Gray County Farm Bureau Board, USD 477 School Board, Church Elder and Trustee Board. He also represented Kansas on the Cattleman’s Beef Checkoff Board serving as Vice-Chairman of the Research Committee.
Jury believes Farm Bureau in Kansas is rooted in the values of the family farm. The ag organization remains focused on the survival and growth of this family-based institution. “The members of Farm Bureau are family,” he says. “This includes husband, wife and children.”
Joe and wife, Debbie, have one son, Jason and three married daughters: Lesli, Kari and Lisa. They also enjoy their 11 grandchildren.
9th District Director Jim Sipes
Jim Sipes represents Kansas Farm Bureau’s 9th District on the state board of directors. The 9th district includes Finney, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearny, Morton, Stanton, Stevens, Seward and Wichita counties.
Sipes attended Kansas State University, receiving a master’s degree in agronomy, and returned home to the family farm in Stanton County. Today he is the fourth-generation to work the ground on this family farm with his uncle and father.
The 9th District Director says Kansas Farm Bureau provides a respected voice for all Kansas farmers and ranchers in Topeka and Washington. “With Farm Bureau lobbying for common sense in government, I know I have a better chance to succeed and to pass our family farm to my children.”
Sipes has served on the Stanton County Farm Bureau board as well as Kansas Farm Bureau’s State Resolutions Committee. Jim and wife, Kelly, have one son, Caleb and a daughter, Bailey.
10th District Director Gerald Franklin
Gerald Franklin serves Kansas Farm Bureau as a board member representing the organization’s tenth district of northwestern Kansas. The 10th district comprises Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace county Farm Bureaus.
As a KFB board member, Franklin will offer leadership and guidance for the nearly 40,000 members of Farm Bureau in Kansas. Along with his wife, Linda, the Franklin family manages a diversified operation, which includes mainly irrigated and dryland wheat and corn.
Franklin wonders what the world of agriculture would be like in Kansas or the United States without Farm Bureau. “Kansas Farm Bureau was organized to do collectively what we can’t as individuals on issues such as Waters of the United States, endangered species, restrictions on plant food and protectants. The issues change but the needs of agriculture continue.”
Gerald and Linda are the parents of three adult children: Kyle, Sarah and Timothy and four (soon to be five) grandchildren.
Member at Large Marieta Hauser KFB Women's Committee Chair
Marieta Hauser was elected Kansas Farm Bureau Women's Committee Chair at the 2011 KFB annual meeting. She also serves as the Midwest Region representative on the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee.
Hauser and husband, Thomas, operate 3,200 acres of wheat and milo near Johnson, in southwestern Kansas. She believes Farm Bureau in Kansas operates as a highly respected agricultural organization. “We’re able to pull all facets of agriculture together to speak with one voice. Our strength still resides with our members at the county level. Farm Bureau remains true to its grass roots involvement.”
Hauser has completed a host of continuing education classes including KARL Class V. She has been a Women's Committee Chair, county vice-president, county president, Resolutions Committee member and American Farm Bureau Federation voting delegate.
She has served on the Grant County Economic Development Board, Grant County Bank Board, and as Director of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. The Hauser's have four children: Jason, Marla, Chad and Brian.
Honorary Board Members
Steve Baccus - Minneapolis
Stan Ahlerich - Winfield