Officers elected to lead IFBF’s Young Farmer Program
Megan Hansen, an East Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau member, has been elected chair of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) Young Farmer Advisory Committee for 2022-23.
Other officers for the upcoming year include Keaton Keitzer, Des Moines County, vice-chair; Vanessa Trampel, Hancock County, secretary; and Dee Pickard, Marshall County, and Megan Kregel, Dubuque County, public relations co-chairs.
New district representatives joining the committee include Ted McAllister and Megan Kregel of Dubuque County, Mitchell and Bradi Sievers of Buena Vista County, and Zac and Alyssa Preston of Warren County. These new committee members will serve three-year terms.
The committee officers and district representatives organize networking and educational opportunities in their communities and plan IFBF’s Young Farmer Conference, an event that draws hundreds of young farmers and agribusiness leaders together every year.
“Young people are a valuable part of our organization,” says IFBF President Brent Johnson.
“They come with new perspectives, unique backgrounds and specific challenges. The young farmer committee understand their peers and are successful in creating an atmosphere where farmers can learn and grow together in their ag and farming careers.”
Officer profilesHansen and her husband, Dan, own and manage an ag consulting business focused on fertility management, seeding prescriptions and soil sampling. Megan has also represented Iowa in the American Farm Bureau national discussion meet. The Hansens have four children.
Keitzer and wife, Keely, farm corn and soybeans with their family and raise pigs. Keaton also works as an agronomist, is active in his church and serves on a local school’s ag advisory committee.
Trampel is a licensed practical nurse. She and her husband, Kody, have two children and raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, cattle and hogs on their farm.
The Trampels serve with North Iowa Ag in the Classroom and enjoy attending livestock shows.
Pickard raises grain, cattle and hogs with her husband, Brandon, and two children.
She also coaches high school color guard and enjoys being involved in her kids’ activities from dance and showing cattle to softball.
Kregel and her fiancé, Ted McAllister, are dairy farmers. Kregel has amassed a large following on TikTok where she uses the platform to dispel myths about dairy farming and share everyday farm life. She was also named one of Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2021 Young Farmer Leadership Award winners.