WIFE elects new officers

Farm Forum

The Redcoats of Agriculture gathered at Sidney, Nebraska, recently to conduct business, elect new officers, renew friendships and plan for 2017 action to promote agriculture. WIFE emphasis in 2017 will be on highlighting the dire economic environment in agriculture as America begins negotiations on the next Farm Bill.

Kerry Froese from Las Animas, Colorado, will be leading the group in 2017. Froese was raised on a ranch in southeast Colorado. Now she and her husband, Jacob, and their daughter reside on a place that borders the ranch where she grew up. Froese co-owns the family livestock trucking company with her brother, Keith, and enjoys keeping the books and maintaining the office for the third generation business. She and her husband, along with Jacob’s twin brother, Andrew, also own a small produce company, Simply Different Produce LLC, that operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden giving local residents the opportunity to purchase home-grown, local produce. Froese also has a few bookkeeping clients on the side and enjoys helping on the family ranch. The Froeses are buying a small farm near Cheraw, CO where they also lease a farm from Jacob’s parents.

“I am pleased to be leading the energetic women of WIFE in 2017 as we tell the story of the dire economic atmosphere in agriculture and begin working on a new Farm Bill,” Froese said.

Diane McDonald from Inkster, North Dakota, will fill the number two position in WIFE. Mary Ann Murray from Jordan, Montana, will be secretary and Jenifer Felzien from Sterling, Colorado, will remain as treasurer. Donna Bolz, Nebraska, and Deb Dressler, North Dakota, will be Area Directors.