Introducing KFU’s legislative specialist

17 06 2010
I was born and raised in Ellis and graduated from Ellis High School and was very active in 4-H and school activities.  I was raised on my parent’s farm in Trego County, and have been involved in farm and ranch matters all of her life. My parents Wesley and Verda Milberger raised tradition farm crops as well as operated a commercial Hereford cowherd.  My brother, Wes still runs the family farm.

I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Home Economics Education. My career experience has included a high school Teacher; Production Coordinator for the Dietetics Department of St. Mary’s Hospital in Manhattan; Kansas Ag Statistics Enumerator and Kansas Rural Center as a Field Coordinator for the Clean Water Farms Project.

I will continue to work with farmers to improve water quality in Kansas Watersheds, as I begins working for KFU. I am also the secretary for the Marshall County Fair and Kansas Grazier’s  Association.

In 1986, I married Dan Howell and returned to farm life. We operate a Hereford Cross Commercial cowherd and still have a few crop acres that are slowly being converted to grass and forage crops. We have one daughter, Ashley, who attends Fort Hays State University.

My job duties as the Legislative Specialist will include outreach, membership expansion, building chapter involvement, event planning and organization, legislative involvement based on Kansas Farmers Union and National Farmers Union policy and co-op development. I am looking forward to meeting the Kansas Farmers’ Union membership as I travel throughout Kansas.



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