Introducing KFU’s communications specialist

17 06 2010
I grew up in Goddard, where I was very active with my horses and 4-H. I spent most of my summers at our family’s farm near Neodesha.

As a youth, I competed at Pinto, Paint and 4-H shows and several rodeos in central Kansas.  I have won several Top 5 championships at Pinto World in English Pleasure and Pole Bending and Top 10s in Reining, Barrels and Western Pleasure.  In 2006-2007, I  represented the Pinto Horse Assocation as Miss Pinto of America.

My college experiences include editor of Butler Community College’s newspaper, copy editor for Wichita State’s newspaper, news intern at KFDI News and Communications intern at Butler Community College.

I graduated from Wichita State University in July 2009 with a degree in Communications. Since March 2009 I worked for The McPherson Sentinel as a staff writer, covering agriculture and county government in McPherson County.

I live in rural Windom in McPherson County. I will be getting married in March to Ryan Clary. He is from Valley Center and works in Bushton (north of Lyons) for ONEOK.

My job as Communications Specialist is to communicate with members, the public and the media. Which means I will be producing the newsletter, press releases and other KFU materials and managing our Internet sites (including the new blog: ksfarmersunion.wordpress.com).

My goal is to increase awareness and promote Kansas Farmers Union. I also hope to educate the public about agriculture, especially those who were not raised around it, so they can understand what we do on the farm.

There are so many anti-agriculture groups that are saying what we do is wrong. We need to share our side of the story and let consumers know that we take care of our land and animals.

I also want to make members happy by producing quality and informative newsletters, so please let me know what you would like to see in the newsletters and on our Internet sites.

Whenever your county has an event or a member does something interesting, please let me know. I will be glad to post it on the Web site, in the newsletter or let local media know about it.

Kansas Farmers Union is a wonderful organization and you have a lot to brag about and share with the public.
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