Elections Held During Kentucky Farm Bureau's 99th Annual Meeting

Posted on Dec 4, 2018

Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney was re-elected Kentucky Farm Bureau President on the concluding day of the organization’s 99th annual meeting. Also re-elected was Webster County’s Eddie Melton as First Vice-President. Sharon Furches of Calloway County was elected as Second Vice-President, taking the place of Hart County’s Fritz Giesecke who retired from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Board Saturday.

The 2019 Kentucky Farm Bureau Executive Committee from Left to Right: Eddie Melton, 1stVice-President, Mark Haney, President, Sharon Furches, 2ndVice-President, and Drew Graham, Executive Vice President

  
Haney has served on the Executive Committee for 20 years and has been a state director since 1993. For many years he chaired the State Resolutions Committee. He is a past president and current board member of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture & Rural Development, past president of the Kentucky Center for Cooperative Development, past chairman of the Kentucky Horticulture Council and a current member of the Board of Directors for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.


Mr. Haney has also served as former president of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau and is a current member of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.


He and his brother, Don, produce apples and peaches near Nancy, KY, where they also raise beef cattle. They sell fresh produce from their orchards – as well as cider, jellies, baked goods and other products – at a KFB Certified Roadside Market located on the farm. He and his wife, Marlene, have two sons and a daughter.


Mr. Melton, a former president of Webster County Farm Bureau, is chairman of KFB’s State Resolutions Committee and chairs KFB’s Farm Bill Working Group. Mr. Melton additionally serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. He and his wife, Regina, have a daughter.


Sharon Furches was elected Second Vice-President. Furches has been a member of KFB’s Board of Directors since 2017. She is Chair of the Kentucky Farm Service Agency State Committee, serves on the State Board of Agriculture and the Kentucky State Fair Board. She and her husband Tripp reside in Murray, KY where they farm 5,000 acres of corn, soybean, wheat, and canola.  They have a son and a daughter. 


Three new members were elected to the KFB Board of Directors this year: Ray Allan Mackey of Hardin County will serve as a District 3 representative to the Board, Mark Kinsey of Grant County will serve as a District 6 representative to the Board, and Tyler Ferguson of Johnson County will serve on the Board as the Chair of the KFB Young Farmers Committee.


Returning Board Members are: Randy Chrisman of Anderson County; Marshall Coyle of Bath County; Greg Drake of Butler County; Jay Coleman of Barren County; Patrick M. Henderson of Breckinridge County; David McGlone of Carter County; Shane Wiseman of Clark County; Kim McCoy of Cumberland County; Dr. Nancy Cox of Fayette County; Glenn Howell of Fulton County; Brandon Davis of Green County; Larry Clark of Green County; Larry Thomas of Hardin County; Roger Fannin of Harlan County; Don Miniard of Harlan County; Alex Barnett of Harrison County; Cloyce Hinkle of Knox County; David L. Campbell of Lincoln County; Joe Paul Mattingly of Marion County; Kelly Thurman of McLean County; Vickie Bryant of Monroe County; Mary Kate Kordes of Muhlenberg County; David Chappell of Owen County; Scott Travis of Spencer County; Terry Lawson of Rockcastle County; Victor Rexroat of Russell County; and Carroll Amyx of Wolfe County.
Leadership for two of KFB’s key advisory committees was also announced during the organization’s annual meeting. Tyler Ferguson of Johnson County is the new Chair of the Young Farmer Advisory Committee.


Vickie Bryant of Monroe County was re-elected as Chair of the Women's Advisory Committee. 


The new Vice-Chair of the Young Farmer Committee is John Henning of Breckinridge County, the new secretary is Matthew Seiter of Campbell County, and the social media chair is Tammy White of Union County.
 
Members for 2019 Young Farmer Committee, including officers, are: 

  • Casey & Jennifer Chittenden, District 1
  • Dustin & Tammy White, District 2
  • John & Lisa Henning, District 3, Vice-Chair
  • John Pedigo, District 4
  • Curtis & Denise Jones, District 5
  • Matthew Seiter, District 6, Secretary
  • Mark & Sarah Burnett, District 7
  • Travis & Sherry Newman, District 8
  • Logan & Amelia Carter, District 9
  • Tyler & Andrea Ferguson, District 10, Chair
  • Nathan & Lindsey Boggs, District 11

 
Judy Hayden of McClean County was re-elected first vice chair, and Mary Jane Cannon of Fleming County was re-elected second vice chair of the Women’s Committee.
 
Members of the 2019 Women's Advisory Committee, including officers, are: 
Bettie Bean, District 1
Judy Hayden, District 2, 1st Vice-Chair
Tammy Cashman, District 3
Vickie Bryant, District 4, Chair
Sue Litkenhus, District 5
Pam Stockdale, District 6
Carol Sullivan, District 7
Jennifer Newby, District 8
Mary Jayne Cannon, District 9, 2nd Vice Chair
Lisa Osborne, District 10
Rhea Price, District 11
Betty Farris, Ex-Officio
 

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