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Kansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors

Kansas Farm Bureau Board of Directors

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 - Steve McCloud

Steve McCloud represents the 4th District that includes: Butler, Chase Chautauqua, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion, Sedgwick and Sumner.

McCloud graduated from Wichita State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The 4th District Director is the sixth generation to live and farm in northern Harvey County. He raises wheat, corn, soybeans, hay and operates a small cow herd.

Steve is also a Kansas Certified General Real Property Appraiser. He owns and operates McCloud Appraisals, specializing in agricultural and commercial real estate.

The Harvey County native has served six years on his county Farm Bureau board of directors, one year as vice president and three as president. McCloud served a three- year term on the Kansas Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee and serves on American Farm Bureau Federation’s Budget, Taxation and Economy Issue Advisory Committee.

Steve and wife, Vonna, have two children, Reagan 20 and Carli 18.

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 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 - Kevin Holle

Kevin Holle represents the 10th District that includes: Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Wallace.

Holle and his son, Orrin, operate a corn, wheat and summer fallow operation. They also raise balancer cattle, a hybrid cross between Gelbvieh and Angus. Irrigation is used to raise feed for the cattle.

The Rawlins County native is the fourth generation to farm the land his great-grandfather began farming east of Ludell in 1892. Kevin graduated with a degree in animal science from Kansas State University in 1977. He returned to northwest Kansas to farm full-time the following year with wife, Mary.

Beginning in 1982, the Holles participated in Rawlins County Farm Bureau for the first time. Kevin served as county president from ’84- ’88. Mary and Kevin served on Kansas Farm Bureau’s state Young Farmers & Ranchers committee from ’86-’88. Kevin was awarded Leader of the Year in 1988 and the Holles were named Farm Family of the Year in 2005.

Mary and Kevin Holle have two children: Kent, Orrin and his wife, Beth. Four grandchildren beginning with Henry (11), Eli (9), Maggie (8) and Will (5) keep grandpa and grandma busy.

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.

Young Farmers & Ranchers Representative - Amy France

As the state Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair, Amy France represents the YF&R perspective in her ex-officio position on the KFB Board of Directors.

France was raised off the farm by parents who were public educators, and found her passion for agriculture later in life. She began the first 10 years of her career in a small town lending institution at the First National Bank of Scott City. She now works alongside her husband, Clint, and his father on their crop and livestock operation in western Kansas where they raise beef cattle, wheat, corn, sorghum and soybeans. They are currently transitioning one-third of their cropland to organic production to diversify their marketing options. This past year, the family started a pumpkin patch, growing a variety of pumpkins which they sell locally in the fall.

France began her Farm Bureau involvement on the Wichita County board of directors where she continues to serve. She has taken part in the Communication, Media and Spokesperson training and serves on the KFB SPEAK Team. In 2013, the Frances were named District 9 Farm Family of the Year. France continues to seek opportunities to grow her agricultural knowledge and advocacy skills so she can be a stronger voice for farmers and ranchers in her community, throughout the state and across the nation.

Outside of agriculture, France volunteers at her church and shares a passion with her father to bring high quality music to western Kansas through an annual day-long event. Amy and Clint are proud parents to five children, Caleb (23), Madison (20), Delaney (12), Calli (11) and Jury (4).

Honorary Board Members
Steve Baccus - Minneapolis
Stan Ahlerich - Winfield