Emily Johnson of Rock County, Keith and Kelly Oudenhoven of Outagamie County and Brad and Kristine Boon of Clark County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee by the organization’s state Board of Directors. Their terms begin at the YFA Conference, November 30-December 2, in Wisconsin Dells.
“These young leaders have a special passion and excitement about Farm Bureau and Wisconsin agriculture that makes them great additions to the YFA Committee,” WFBF President Jim Holte said.
Emily Johnson is a crop insurance agent for Union Bank and Trust Company in Evansville. She grew up on her family’s beef and cash crop farm near Janesville, where she is still active in the day-to-day operations along with her parents and two younger brothers. A graduate of UW-Whitewater, Emily is an active member of the Rock County Farm Bureau serving as executive director.
Kelly Oudenhoven is the Outagamie County Farm Bureau YFA chair. She is the herd manager on her father-in-law’s dairy while her husband Keith is employed at Pierce Manufacturing as a mechanical engineer. The couple has three children, Josephine (6), Jack (4) and Allison (3). Kelly and Keith are in the process of setting up a succession plan to become the fourth generation to own the family’s farm. They hope to one day pass the farm on to their kids.
Brad Boon farms full-time on his family’s 300 head dairy farm Boon Farms, LLC. His wife Kristine owns a quilting and fabric business in addition to managing the farm’s finances and bookwork. The couple has been married for 12 years and have three children Natalie (7), Fletcher (5) and Baylee (3). Brad is a Clark County Farm Bureau board member and the couple regularly attends the YFA Conference and WFBF Annual Meeting.
The WFBF YFA Committee consists of nine couples or individuals (ages 18-35) from across the state. Its goal is to get more young farmers and agriculturists acquainted with and involved in Farm Bureau. They carry out a variety of statewide initiatives, such as conferences, contests and award programs. The YFA Program is funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.
For more information about WFBF’s YFA Program or committee, call 1.800.261.FARM or visit wfbf.com.