The Young Farmers and Ranchers committee is a group of young producers from across the state, appointed by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors, to provide real feedback and issues that young producers are facing on their operations. Committee members are divided into districts which allows them to better serve the young farmers and ranchers in their respective regions. The committee also guides the direction and planning of the Young Farmers and Ranchers conference each year.
The Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee shall plan and execute a program which shall:
- Meet the needs of young people and assist the organization in attaining its leadership and program goals and objectives.
- Be within the scope of Farm Bureau policy.
- Be approved by the Board of Directors.
General Qualifications: A member of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee should:
- Be an active, loyal Farm Bureau member and believe in Farm Bureau as a means of solving public problems and in the market system as a means of meeting human needs.
- Be conscientious, dependable and cooperative.
- Understand the needs of and opportunities for young producers and leaders.
- Have leadership ability.
- Be enthusiastic.
- Be willing to give time and effort.
Brady and Katie Revels, Chair, Southeast Region
Joe and Jaden Melnick, South Central Region
Alec & Meredith Ibach, Central Region
Desarae Porter, North Central Region
Adam and Kaylyn Veinteicher, Northeast Region
Adam and Kaylyn Venteicher have a corn, soybean, and cow/calf operation in Pierce county. Adam currently works full time on his family’s farm. Kaylyn is a registered nurse at CHI Health-Plainview. They have two children, Adley and Kip, and a third child due in February.
Luke & Erin Norman, Northwest Region
Luke and Erin Norman of Crawford are Dawes County Farm Bureau members. Luke works on the family ranch and runs his own registered herd and sells bulls. He also has a feed business. Erin is currently an instructor at Chadron State College and is a registered dietician. She teaches nutrition related classes and is currently working towards her doctorate degree in public health. They have been married for eight years and have four kids.
Sye Tecker, Southwest Region
Tyler & Alysha Ramsey, At-Large
Tyler and Alysha are a 5th generation Nebraska farm family. Highschool sweethearts, they have been married for 14 years and have five children. Tyler spends his time farming and fixing cars while Alysha homeschools the kids and together they lead worship at their church as well as help with other ministries. They are passionate about sharing information about modern farming, GMO’s “organic”, and the safety of the food they eat. They are members of the Adam’s County Farm Bureau and Tyler is serving as County President.
Emily Reitz, Student
Tatum Brunkow, Student
Tatum Brunkow is a 6th generation farmer from Wamego, KS. Her family operates a commercial cow-calf operation, sheep operation while also producing corn, soybeans, and hay. Growing up both her parents were actively involved in the Kansas Farm Bureau and set the stage for her. She recently graduated from Fort Scott Community College where she received her Associate of General Studies and was on the Livestock Judging Team and served as the President of FSCC Collegiate Farm Bureau. She is now a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Agricultural Economics with a Public Policy Interest and currently a member of their collegiate chapter.
Lance and Krystal Atwater, Youth at-Large
Lance and Krystal Atwater of Ayr are Adams County Farm Bureau members. They grow row crops and have a cow/calf herd. Krystal is a national accounts manager for Land O'Lakes Purina. Lance has served as past President of Adams County Farm Bureau and currently serves on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Board of Directors as the Youth At Large representative.