Delegates at the 96th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected six state Farm Bureau presidents to the AFBF board of directors: Richard Guebert Jr. of Illinois and Jim Holte of Wisconsin (Midwest Region), Russell Boening of Texas and Mike McCormick of Mississippi (Southern Region), Chuck Fry of Maryland (Northeast Region), and Mike LaPlant of Washington state (Western Region).
Eleven other state Farm Bureau presidents were re-elected to represent their regions on the AFBF board of directors: Midwest Region – Craig Hill of Iowa, Kevin Paap of Minnesota and Don Villwock of Indiana. Southern Region – Ronnie Anderson of Louisiana, Tom Buchanan of Oklahoma, Zippy Duvall of Georgia, Lacy Upchurch of Tennessee and Larry Wooten of North Carolina. Northeast Region – Dean Norton of New York. Western Region – Don Shawcroft of Colorado and Paul Wenger of California.
Jon Hegeman, a greenhouse grower from Alabama, was elected the new chair of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, which also makes him a member of the AFBF board of directors during his one-year term.
Sherry Saylor, a row crop farmer from Arizona, was elected the new chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee, which also makes her a member of the AFBF board of directors during her two-year term; Isabella Chism of Indiana was elected to a two-year term as vice chair. Lorenda Overman of North Carolina and Carol Guthrie of Idaho were elected to two-year terms on the WLC; Deb Walsh of Indiana was elected to fill a one-year term; and Marieta Hauser of Kansas and Debbi Tanner of Connecticut were re-elected to two-year terms.
Farm Bureau members will gather for the 97th AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show January 10-13, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.