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News - Harper and Tanner Appointed Division Directors

  • February 04, 2010

Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation has appointed Jeff Harper as Director of the Public Affairs Division and Susan Tanner as Director of the Commodity Division, Executive Vice President David S. Beck announced today. These appointments are effective February 1, 2010.

Harper, a Mercer County native, served as Commodities Director for six years prior to becoming Interim Public Affairs Director last month. He also served as Assistant Director of Public Affairs. He came to Farm Bureau from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy, where he was a project analyst, following twelve years with the Revenue Cabinet.

Ms. Tanner, a Spencer County native, has been Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Director of Youth Development for five years and served two years as the organization’s Assistant Director of Education and Volunteer Development. She began her career at Farm Bureau serving as an intern from 1997 to 2000. Ms. Tanner holds a Degree in Public Service and Leadership from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

The Public Affairs Division handles legislative and regulatory agencies, political education, policy development, and local governmental affairs work for the state’s largest farm organization. The division is active on the federal, state and local levels.

The Commodity Division was formed last year to expand services to farmers and agribusinesses, particularly with marketing and promotions. This division serves as the liaison to the various agricultural commodity groups and state and federal agriculture agencies. Kentucky Farm Bureau disseminates markets information and coordinates a popular certified roadside farm markets program through the Commodity Division.

Beck noted that Harper’s extensive experience with state government made him an obvious choice to lead the organization’s Public Affairs Division.
“Jeff knows how to work effectively in Frankfort, plus he has an extensive background in dealing with agricultural issues. That’s the perfect mix,” Beck said.

Ms. Tanner has a proven record of success with Kentucky Farm Bureau’s education, leadership and scholarship programs, he added.

“She is well suited to meet the challenges of enhancing our service to farmers and agribusinesses as the organization strives to improve net farm income.”

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