Farm Bureau Elects Grassroots Leaders


At the Delegate Session of the recent AFBF Annual Meeting, current President Bob Stallman was re-elected as AFBF president for a sixth two-year term. He is a cattle and rice producer from Columbus, Texas, and previously served as Texas Farm Bureau president.

In addition, Barry Bushue was re-elected to a second two-year term as AFBF vice president. Bushue is a berry and nursery plant producer from Boring, Ore., and also serves as Oregon Farm Bureau president. Both re-elections were unanimous.

In addition to voting for president and vice president, the delegates elected two state Farm Bureau presidents to the AFBF board of directors: Bob Hanson of Montana was elected to a full two-year term for the Western region, and Dean Norton of New York was elected to fill an unexpired term for one year in the Northeast region.

Fourteen other state Farm Bureau presidents were re-elected to represent their regions on the AFBF board of directors:

Midwest regionSteve Baccus, Kansas; Charles Kruse, Missouri; Philip Nelson, Illinois; and Scott VanderWal, South Dakota.

Northeast regionEd Jestice Jr., Delaware, and Richard Nieuwenhuis, New Jersey.

Southern regionMark Haney, Kentucky; John Hoblick, Florida; Jerry Newby, Alabama; Wayne Pryor, Virginia; Randy Veach, Arkansas; David Waide, Mississippi; and David Winkles, South Carolina.

Western regionLeland Hogan, Utah. Colorado’s President, Alan Foutz declined a nomination to the post before elections took place.

Will Gilmer, a young dairy producer from Alabama, was elected the new chairman of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, which also makes him a member of the AFBF board of directors during his one-year term.

Terry Gilbert of Kentucky continues to serve as chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee and on the AFBF board of directors. Committee members Isabella Chism of Indiana, Frances Prices of South Carolina, Beth Pool of New Jersey and Margene Harris of New Mexico were re-elected to the committee for two-year terms.

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