New Kentucky Farm Bureau President Eddie Melton Elected at Organization's 104th Annual Meeting - Kentucky Farm Bureau

New Kentucky Farm Bureau President Eddie Melton Elected at Organization's 104th Annual Meeting

Posted on Dec 2, 2023
Left to Right: KFB Second Vice President Larry Clark, KFB President Eddie Melton, and KFB First Vice President Shane Wiseman.

Webster County farmer Eddie Melton was elected as president of Kentucky Farm Bureau today. He has served on the organization’s executive committee for the past fifteen years. Also elected were Shane Wiseman of Clark County as First Vice President and Larry Clark of Green County as Second Vice President. Pulaski County farmer Mark Haney will serve as Immediate Past President.

Mr. Melton, a former president of Webster County Farm Bureau, is past chair of the KFB State Resolutions Committee and is President of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Center for Agriculture & Rural Development. Mr. Melton additionally serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. He produces corn, soybeans, and beef cattle on his farming operation in Sebree, KY. He and his wife, Regina, have a daughter.

Mr. Wiseman is past president of Clark County Farm Bureau. Mr. Wiseman is a fourth-generation farmer producing beef cattle, hay, corn, soybeans, and wheat. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master’s degree and Rank I in agriculture education from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Wiseman taught agriculture for twenty-six years. He is chair of the KFB Beef Cattle Advisory Committee and a member of the AFBF Agricultural Labor Issues Advisory Committee. Mr. Wiseman is also a member of the Clark County Soil Conservation Board and chair of the Agriculture Tourism Committee. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Marcus, Kaitlyn, and Carter.

Mr. Clark farms in Green, Metcalfe, and Adair counties where he grows corn, beans, and tobacco. He also raises beef cattle. He currently serves as chair of the KFB Tobacco Advisory Committee, chair of the KFB Farm Labor Advisory Committee, and serves on the KFB Insurance Company Audit Committee. Mr. Clark is a past president of Green County Farm Bureau and is a past president of the Green County Cattlemen’s Association. He and his wife, Sundown, have two children, Colton and Caton.

Five new members were elected to the KFB Board of Directors this year: David Taylor of Pulaski County will serve as a District 7 representative to the Board, Bettie Bean of McCracken County will serve on the Board as the Chair of the State Women’s Advisory Committee, Mackenzie Wright of Carroll County will serve on the Board as Chair of the KFB State Young Farmer Advisory Committee, Rob McClanahan of Pendleton County will serve on the Board as the Chair of the State Generation Bridge Core Leadership Committee, and James Runion of Henderson County will serve on the Board as the President of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Association.

Returning Board Members are:  

Brandon Davis of Anderson County; Sharon Furches of Calloway County; David McGlone of Carter County; Tim Goodlett of Casey County; Dr. Nancy Cox of Fayette County; Glenn Howell of Fulton County; Scott Barnes of Garrard County; Mark Kinsey of Grant County; Ricky Arnett of Green County; Ray Allan Mackey of Hardin County; Larry Thomas of Hardin County; Alex Barnett of Harrison County; Mitchel Logsdon of Hart County; Tyler Ferguson of Johnson County; Cloyce Hinkle of Knox County; Todd Brock of Laurel County; Joe Paul Mattingly of Marion County; Zack Ison of Mercer County; Scott Davis of Monroe County; Mary Kate Kordes of Muhlenberg County; PJ Milburn of Nelson County; Stewart Hughes of Scott County; Terry Lawson of Rockcastle County; Victor Rexroat of Russell County; and Tammy White of Union County.

The new Vice Chair of the Young Farmer Committee is Justin Imel of Greenup County, the new secretary is Erin Arnett of Green County, and the social media chair is Andrew Simpson of Madison County.

The new Vice Chair of the Generation Bridge Committee is Jed Clark of Graves County, the new secretary is Katie Cecil Pedigo of Daviess County.

Elected as 1st Vice Chair of the State Women’s Advisory Committee was Jennifer Newby of Boyle County and elected as 2nd Vice Chair was Tammy Cashman of Breckinridge County.


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