Krista Klinkner from Vernon County and Brittney Muenster from Outagamie County have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee. Lynn Leahy from Portage County has been reappointed to this committee by the organization’s Board of Directors. Their terms begin at WFBF’s Annual Meeting and Young Farmer and Agriculturist Conference, December 6-9, in Wisconsin Dells.
“I look forward to the new ideas and excitement that Krista, Brittney and Lynn will bring to the Promotion and Education Committee during the next three years,” WFBF President Jim Holte said.
Lynn Leahy is a research agronomist at Heartland Farms, Inc., a 9,000-acre farm growing potatoes for potato chips near Hancock. She grew up on an 80-cow dairy farm in Argyle. Leahy holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a master’s degree in horticulture, both from UW-Madison. She has served as the Waushara County YFA chair and is president of the Tri-County FFA Alumni. Leahy was a member of Farm Bureau Institute Class VIII. She is active in her community as a curling club and city band member and Meals on Wheels board member. Leahy and her husband, Mike, reside in Plover.
Krista Klinkner is a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Vernon County. She earned degrees in chemistry and spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a chemist, Klinkner worked for the American Institute of Toxicology Labs and Virent Inc. She and her husband, Travis, own and operate Klinkner Dairy, LLC which they purchased from her family in 2015. Klinkner is thankful to raise the couple’s four children on their 60-cow organic dairy while watching them grow in their understanding and love for agriculture. She has previously assisted in judging the WFBF essay contest and Monroe County Fair Learn and Earn activities.
Brittney is a graduate of UW-Madison’s Farm & Industry Short Course and fifth-generation farmer on her family’s 150-cow dairy in Seymour. In addition to farming, she’s also an independent insurance agent specializing in farm property & casualty insurance with Family Insurance Center. The highlights of her seven-year Farm Bureau membership include attending the 2018 Washington, D.C. YFA Fly- In and participating in the Discussion Meet. In her free time, she enjoys writing guest blog columns for WFBF and local media as well as hiking with her Blue Heeler, McCoy, and boyfriend, Matt.
The Promotion and Education Committee is a group of nine leaders who represent the nine Wisconsin Farm Bureau districts. Committee members develop, implement and promote projects and programs which build awareness and understanding of agriculture and provide leadership development for the agricultural community. The committee’s chair sits on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors as the program’s representative. The Promotion and Education Program is funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.