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
George Pretz represents the 2nd District that includes Anderson, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Lyon, Miami, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties.
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 - Tim Tyson
Tim Tyson was elected in 2019 to represent the 3rd District, which includes Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties.
Tyson has an animal science degree from Kansas State University and a degree in computer science from Friends University.
Tyson served on the Linn County Farm Bureau board for eight years, including six as president and has served on KFB’s Resolutions Committee.
The fifth-generation rancher believes Farm Bureau really serves its members well because of its grassroots structure. “I’ve enjoyed working with Farm Bureau members to achieve good things for our farmers and ranchers across the state.”
Tyson runs cattle and operates a hay operation in Linn County. He also owns TNT Solutions, an aerial imaging company.
His wife, Caryn Tyson, represents the 12th District in the Kansas Senate.
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 and Carli.
5th District Director - Dan Schmidt
Dan Schmidt was elected in 2019 to represent the 5th District, which includes Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Geary, Marshall, Ottawa, Republic, Riley, Saline and Washington counties.
Schmidt has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from Kansas State University.
The 5th District Director is a fifth-generation farmer. He raises Hereford cattle and grows wheat, corn milo, soybeans and alfalfa in southern Marshall County. A native of Scott County, Schmidt previously worked for a feed company in western Kansas specializing in dairy nutrition.
Schmidt has served on the board for two county Farm Bureaus, the YF&R Committee, Beef Advisory Committee and the Resolutions Committee.
Schmidt believes Farm Bureau in Kansas “goes to bat” for farms and ranches of all types and sizes in Topeka and Washington, D.C. “That’s a great advantage of being a member.”
Dan and his wife, Kim, have three children, Callie and twins Spencer and Lexi.
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 - Jim Schmidt
Jim Schmidt was elected in 2019 to represent the 7th District, which includes Barber, Barton, Comanche, Harper, Kingman, Kiowa, McPherson, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties.
Schmidt attended Bethel College after graduating from Goessel High School and attending a two-room schoolhouse through eighth grade.
Schmidt has served as president of McPherson County Farm Bureau and multiple state committees, including Membership and Promotion, Resolutions and the Dairy Advisory.
Schmidt grew up on the family farm and now grows corn, wheat and soybeans, with his brother and son-in-law in eastern McPherson County and western Marion counties. The operation is 100 percent no till.
He and his wife, Mary, have two grown daughters, Erica and Tina (Ben).
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, Eli, Maggie and Will keep grandpa and grandma busy.
Member at Large - Laura Haffner - KFB Women's Committee Chair
Laura Haffner was elected Kansas Farm Bureau Women's Committee Chair at the 2021 KFB annual meeting. In 2020, she served as the state Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair, representing the perspective of young producers in her ex-officio role on the KFB Board of Directors.
Haffner and her husband, Ryan, farm in Sheridan County where they raise wheat, corn and grain sorghum. They also have a custom harvesting operation that cuts wheat and small grains from north Texas to the Canadian border each summer.
Laura has a master’s degree in biological sciences from Clemson University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in agronomy from Kansas State University.
She attended her first YF&R conference in 2015 and says it was a pivotal moment. “Being a part of an organization that values its members though education, advocacy and service is a no brainer.”
The Haffners have two young children.
Young Farmers & Ranchers Representative - Austin Hiebert
Austin represents the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee on KFB’s board of directors. He and his wife, Nicole, farm in Harvey County along with their two dogs, Luna and Bella.
Austin is a full-time farm operator along with his father where they focus on production and sales of brome, alfalfa and prairie hay. They also produce wheat, milo and soybeans while running a small cow-calf pair herd of Black Angus Cattle. They also do custom work, mainly haying, and mechanical work.
In his spare time, he enjoys restoring antique tractors, both for himself and customers. Austin also serves as the Harvey County Farm Bureau Board President and was selected in the class 5 of Leadership KFB.
Honorary Board Members
- Steve Baccus - Minneapolis
- Stan Ahlerich - Winfield