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, and Jefferson counties and will be adding another rented pasture for cow/calf pairs in Republic County this spring. Matt and Mindy are both K-State Research & Extension Agriculture and 4-H Agents: Matt in Brown County and Mindy in Doniphan County. They 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 two-year old daughter, Mylee, and will be welcoming a second daughter, Maci, in March.
District 2 - Jake & Amy Strobel - Anderson County
Jake and Amy Strobel are from Anderson County and are excited to represent District 2. Jake is a third-generation farmer and helps run his grandfather’s farm. They grow corn, soybeans and wheat and have a commercial cow/calf operation. Amy works for the Olathe School District and teaches first grade. She helps Jake with the book work on the weekends. While they do not have any children, they do have a dog named Sherlock.
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 - Craig & Megan Pringle - Cowley County
Craig and Megan Pringle own and operate a grain and hay operation in Cowley County, Kansas. The couple’s diversified operation consists of wheat, soybeans, corn and grain sorghum. They also grow alfalfa and prairie hay. These crops are baled into a 3’x3’ large square bales and 4' and 5' round bales and sold to hay buyers across the country. Their business also provides custom haying services for producers in their area. Learn more about their operation at http://pringlehay.com.
Craig works in town as a salesman for Prairieland Partners John Deere and is a board member of Valley Coop, and on Cowley County Extension Council. Megan works in Winfield as a real property appraiser trainee, licensed Realtor, and is a Director for the Realtors of South Central KS Realtor Association. Megan also is the Vice-President of the Cowley County Farm Bureau Board. Along with Farming, full time jobs, serving their communities and church they also have rental houses.
Craig grew up close to where the couple resides now. While Megan grew up on a grain and beef operation in Northwest Kansas. Both are proud KSU alumni. The only kid they have is a 110 lb black lab named Maverick.
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 - Josh & Lori Bohnert - Jewell County
Josh and Lori Bohnert are from Jewell County and excited to represent the sixth district. Josh and Lori farm with his parents on their third generation diversified crop and livestock farm. They raise wheat, corn, soybeans, sorghum, as well as cover crops in their rotation on their all no-till dry land operation. They also have a cow-calf operation and background all the calves in their own feedlot. Lori works part time as a dental hygienist and helps out on the farm. Josh and Lori have four daughters and are expecting another child in July 2016.
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 - Ryan & Traci Reed - Gray County
Ryan and Traci Reed are excited to represent the 8th district from Gray County. Ryan is the fourth generation operator of their family farm which consists of wheat, corn, sorghum and a cow calf operation. They practice no-till on the dryland and strip-till on the irrigated, and have recently expanded into custom farming services. Traci is a speech pathologist, working in the local nursing home and is the farm’s primary book keeper. The Reeds have three children: Ethan who is 11 and started full-time tractor work last summer, Allie who is 8 and loves gymnastics and 5-year-old Owen loves to go anywhere with his dad any chance he gets.
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 - Evan Lesser - Graham County
Evan Lesser is from Graham County and is looking forward to representing the 10th district. Evan operates a row crop, consisting of mostly wheat and milo, and a Cow calf operation with Kendal and Barb Grecian. They are also a certified seed wheat dealer. Evan also does seed treating and custom seed cleaning
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.