District 1 - Matt & Mindy Young - Atchison County
Matt and Mindy Young represent the 1st district. The Youngs own and operate a diversified row crop, hay, and livestock operation in Atchison County, which started with an opportunity to buy out Matt's father's machinery line and rent his family's land. In 2009, Matt and Mindy purchased their first farm and have continued to add rented acreage to their operation. They currently rent land in Atchison, Brown, Jefferson, and Republic Counties. Matt is a K-State Research & Extension Agriculture and 4-H Agent in Brown County. Mindy is an online agriculture educator for Highland Community College and her own rural lifestyle web site: www.farmfitliving.com. She teaches fitness classes at the local YMCA, cares for their two girls and takes care of the day to day livestock care. Mindy also serves on the Kansas Farm Bureau Sheep & Goat Committee. Matt and Mindy feel blessed to be able to serve Northeast Kansas in a multitude of capacities, including through Farm Bureau. The Youngs are the parents of a spunky, tractor-loving three-year old daughter, Mylee, and a fast crawling chicken-chasing daughter, Maci. Their goal for this year is to take a new family photo to include Maci.
District 2 - Clint & Ashley Hornberger
Clint & Ashley Hornberger are from Douglas County and are excited to represent the 2nd district. Clint is the fifth-generation to farm their little slice of Kansas. The Hornbergers manage a cow-calf operation and finish steers for local, direct sales. They also raise corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and brome hay. In addition to the crops & the cows, the couple are raising their two sons: 3-year-old Case & 1-year-old CJ.
Clint & Ashley met while attending Kansas State University and use their experiences gained there in all aspects of their life. In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of their farm, Clint works off-farm as a crop insurance claims adjuster and serves as Assistant Chief to Willow Springs Fire District #3. Ashley keeps their home running & works off-farm as a crop insurance underwriter.
District 3 - Oran & Amanda Taylor - Woodson County
Oran and Amanda live in Woodson County, just outside of Yates Center. They have a small farm where they raise Maine-Anjou and Shorthorn cattle along with Donkeys for protection, as well as oats, grain sorghum and barley. Oran has a semi and hauls cattle and hay commercially. Amanda works for a local Veterinarian. They don't have any children, just Molly, their "Blonde" Labrador. Oran was raised in Yates Center and Amanda was born and raised in Michigan, where she grew up on a farm.
District 4 - Marc & Chelsy Champlin
Marc and Chelsy Champlin represent the 4th district and are excited about the opportunity to serve members across the state. They reside in Chautauqua County and raise cow/calf pairs on Marc's family's ranch. Marc works off the farm as a Journeymen at Caney Valley Electric Coop and Chelsy teaches Ag and FFA at Winfield High School. The couple both serve on the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau Board and are active in the Cedar Vale Church of Christ. They have a two-year-old son, Max, and are expecting baby number two in February 2017.
District 5 - Travis & Ashley Mason - Marshall County
The Masons, Travis and Ashley, are proud to represent Kansas Farm Bureau District #5. They live in Marshall County - near Marysville and the family farm where Travis grew up. Ashley's farm family is at home in Dighton (Lane County), KS. The Mason family farm near Herkimer produces soybeans, corn, wheat, grain sorghum, and also has a small cow/calf operation. Travis and Ashley both have primary jobs off of the farm. Travis is a location manager for Farmer's Cooperative. Ashley is a loan administrator for United Bank and Trust. Each has a Wildcat education degree (Travis at Kansas State; Ashley at Baker). Additionally, Ashley holds a Master of Music from Kansas State. Ashley is a regular participant in music and arts events, and is a Trustee for the Marysville United Methodist Church. She enjoys reading, walking the dog, baking, and making freezer meals. Travis is the current President of the Marshall County Farm Bureau Board and recently completed K.A.R.L. class XII. He enjoys K-State sports, shooting sports, and home improvement projects.
District 6 - John & Ginny Buttenhoff
John and Ginny, from Lincoln County, are excited to represent the 6th district. The Buttenhoffs live on a Century Farm where John's great grandfather August lived. They farm with his parents on their fourth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm. They raise wheat, corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum on a mostly no-till cropping rotation. They also have a cow-calf operation made up of mostly red Angus cows. John and Ginny have four children, Tenley (6), Hailey (5), August (3), and Emma (18 months). Ginny stays home with their children and also helps out where needed with farm work. She especially enjoys putting together harvest lunches for the "crew"! John volunteers in the community by serving on the local soil conservation board and currently serves as president of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau board.
District 7 - Kyle & Crystal Carothers - Harper County
Kyle and Crystal are from Harper County and excited to represent the 7th District. Kyle is the fourth generation, farming with his dad, uncle and brother. They primarily grow non-irrigated wheat, and have a commercial cow-calf and stocker operation, which they retain ownership of all the way to the packer. Crystal is a 5th grade math and science teacher. They have three rambunctious children, Avry who is 7, Fiona who is 5, and Titus who is 2.
District 8 - Travis & Misty Goetz
Travis and Misty Goetz are excited to represent the 8th district. They live in Ford County, just outside of Dodge City, Kansas. Travis is a third-generation farmer who works with his dad, grandpa, two uncles, aunt, and three cousins, as well as a few hired hands. They all operate 10,000 acres of irrigated and dryland crop and pasture land along with a small feed yard. Their main crops are alfalfa, wheat, soybeans, sorghum, and forage sudangrass. In addition to the crops and feed yard, they have a 500 head cow-calf operation on their pasture land.
Misty stays home with their six-month old son, teaches water aerobics at the local YMCA and helps on the farm. When the couple is not busy on the farm, they are both board members for Dodge City Roundup, Inc., enjoy riding their Quarter Horses, and actively bowl at their local bowling alley. Travis also has a part-time agronomy teaching position at Dodge City Community College.
District 9 - Clint & Amy France - Wichita County
Clint and Amy France farm in Wichita and Scott counties and are looking forward to representing the 9th District. The couple and their children are the third generation operators of their family farm which consists of wheat, grain sorghum, corn and a cow-calf operation. Their goal as a farming family is to demonstrate to their children how important it is to be better farmers, not bigger farmers. The couple has five children, Caleb, 22; Madison, 19; Delaney, 11; Calli, 10; and Jury 3. They have been married for 14 years and are excited for their oldest son’s upcoming wedding.
District 10 - Caleb & Shanda Mattix
Caleb and Shanda Mattix are from Thomas County and represent the 10th district. Shanda is an agriculture instructor at Colby Community College, serving as the Equine Program Director and Equestrian Team Coach. She serves on numerous state and national equine-related boards. Shanda also advises the CCC Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter. Caleb is self-employed as a welder and millwright. Caleb also serves on the Thomas County Farm Bureau Board. Caleb and Shanda run a small commercial cow-calf operation in partnership with Shanda’s family. They are the parents of a spunky three-year-old daughter, Morgan, and are expecting another little one in April. Additionally, they are active in the First Presbyterian Church of Colby and are Thomas County 4-H volunteers. Caleb and Shanda met while attending Kansas State and are proud KSU alumni. They are excited to represent Northwest Kansas and serve Kansas Farm Bureau.
AFBF YF&R Committee Representatives - Tim & Katherine Franklin - Sherman County
Tim and Katherine Franklin are from Sherman County and have two children, Isaac (2 years) and Elizabeth (3 months). Katherine is a past Kansas YF&R committee and conference chair. They currently serve on the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers committee of which Katherine was elected as Secretary. The family farm in Goodland is where they operate alongside Tim’s parents, managing irrigated and dryland acres. The irrigated crops are corn and wheat and the dryland is in a wheat/corn/fallow rotation.
Interested in becoming a committee member?
The KFB Young Farmers & Ranchers committee is comprised of ten appointments, an individual or couple from each district in the state. Members are nominated by their district’s KFB Board representative and are officially appointed by the KFB President. Committee members serve two-year terms. During odd-numbered years, members from the odd districts are appointed and in even-numbered years, even district representatives join the committee. The committee takes the lead on surfacing and discussing issues specific to 18-35 year old members, planning programming for the YF&R audience and conducting competitive and recognition opportunities for YF&R members. One member of the YF&R Committee is also appointed to serve as an ex-officio member of the KFB Board of Directors to share the YF&R voice in organization business. If you’re interested in serving on the committee please complete this form to help us get to know you.