Meet the YF&R Committee

Meet the YF&R Committee

District 1 - John White - Pottawatomie County

John White farms with his family in Pottawatomie County. They raise both corn and soybeans both on dryland and irrigated ground. They also have a cattle feeding operation that consists of a 1,000 head feedlot and a summer run of calves on Flint Hills grass. He also co-owns Double J Construction, an excavation company that specializes in commercial site prep as well as farm conservation work. He enjoys serving as president of his local county board and being a part of their involvement in the local community. John is a KSU graduate with a degree in Ag Business and also met his future wife, Kotie, while employed by Kansas State Dairy. Kotie is a student at the Kansas State college of Veterinary Medicine.

District 2 - Clint & Ashley Hornberger - Douglas County

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 three sons: 4-year-old Case & 2-year-old CJ and 1-month-old Cord.

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 - Eric & April Castle - Linn County

Eric and April Castle live in Linn county and represent the 3rd district. They own and operate Castle Farms located in Pleasanton. The farm includes a 17-sow show pig operation along with a 6-head boar stud that they market throughout the United States. They also fatten out around 15 hogs each year to butcher and sell locally in the greater Kansas City area. Eric and April have one daughter, Bristol. 

District 4 - Marc & Chelsy Champlin - Chautauqua County

Marc and Chelsy Champlin represent the 4th district and have enjoyed serving members across the state. They reside in Chautauqua County and have a cow/calf operation. Marc works off the farm as a Lineman at Caney Valley Electric Coop. Chelsy is a former Ag Teacher who now stays home their two young boys, Max and Newt, and works on their cattle operation. The couple both serve on the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau Board and are active in the Cedar Vale Church of Christ.

Photo by Linda Ellis

District 5 - Clint & Carrie Fraser - Cloud County

Clint and Carrie Fraser are proud to represent the 5th district and young farmers and ranchers across the state.  Residing in rural Cloud County, Clint and Carrie operate a diversified dryland crop and cow-calf operation.  Being a first-generation farmer, Clint spends the majority of his time as the operator of their farming operation and also works part time for a rural water district.  Carrie is an ag lender and vice president for a community bank. Time away from their own operation and off farm jobs is spent helping Carrie's parents with their crop and cattle operation. For providing the additional labor to her parents, Clint and Carrie are able to borrow equipment and spend quality time contributing to the family operation. Life is kept extremely interesting by their three young sons, Trigg, 6 1/2, Lincoln 4 1/2 and Hudson 3.

District 6 - John & Ginny Buttenhoff - Lincoln County

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 - Nick & Jamie Panek - Kingman County

Nick is a 4th generation farmer/rancher primarily based out of Kingman County. Nick co-operates and manages Panek Ranch, LLC, a grazing-based cow/calf operation with crop production consisting of wheat, hay, and forages. In conjunction with farming and ranching, Nick operates a seed dealership and performs custom prescribed burning. He is also a volunteer firefighter for two departments.

Jamie is new to the ag world and is a loan officer at the First National Bank in Pratt. She has recently started a blog, Beefy and Blessed in the Midwest, where she has dubbed herself a "ranch wife by accident" and keeps an account of her ranch wife experiences.

Nick and Jamie have been married 8 years and have a daughter, Oakley, who loves all things farm-related.

Photo by Mendi Egging Photography

District 8 - Travis & Misty Goetz - Ford County

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 - Shane & Andrea Knoll - Finney County

Shane and Andrea are from Garden City and represent the 9th district. Shane farms full-time, growing wheat, corn, soybeans and sorghum and Andrea sells crop insurance. The couple was married in 2007 and they have three kids: Taylor (9), Jake (5) and Adam (4). The Knolls are a proud 4-H family and enjoy working on their projects together. They also love camping, fishing and hunting and are active in their church. 

Photo by Scherrer Images Photography

District 10 - Caleb & Shanda Mattix - Thomas County

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 four-year-old daughter, Morgan, and nearly one-year-old boy, Rawlins. 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 - Jarrod & Sarah Bowser - Jackson County

In Jackson County Kansas, Jarrod and Sarah Bowser farm with partners, Nick and Jessica Bowser. The diversified grain (corn, soybeans, milo, wheat, barley and forage crops) and valued added cattle production systems are located in NE Kansas just beyond the Flint Hills region. Day to day management is executed directly by Jarrod and Nick, with strategic management integrating vision from all partners to include Sarah. Sarah is the managing director for the Center for Sorghum Improvement housed at Kansas State University. Sarah convenes basic and applied scientists to orient cross-discipline research capacities for the advancement of sorghum demand, yield and value. The couple has two daughters Claire (3) and Cora (1).

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.