Today Hoosier Ag Today concludes its profiles of the candidates for Indiana Farm Bureau President.
Randy Kron is currently the Vice President of Indiana Farm Bureau, but is hoping that in two weeks delegates will choose him to move into the President position. He is a grain and soybean producer in Vandenberg County, “Agriculture and farming have always been in my blood. In high school, I knew the joy of being involved in 4H and FFA. I received a degree in agriculture economics from Purdue University. Not long after, my wife and I served as the Young Farmer representatives on our county board; and, from that point on, we have been working hard to advance agriculture in the State of Indiana. We believe in the role of the Farm Bureau in agriculture and want to take the next step in our involvement. On our farm, it’s a family affair that includes my wife, Joyce, and I; and recently our son returned to help keep the tradition alive. I hope to help other families realize that same joy.”
Kron says membership is a key issue for Farm Bureau but, more importantly, it is having engaged members, “We have to show them that showing up at the Statehouse or attending a County Commission meeting bring value back to their farm and rural community.” Kron believes in strong support of county farm bureaus, “Without the hard work and dedication of our county membership, there is no farm bureau. So the most important step farmers can take is to be a part of Indiana Farm Bureau and join us as we work together to bring a united voice to our work all across the state.” He is also a strong advocate of the Farm Bureau Insurance company.
Kron says the biggest challenge facing agriculture is communications with consumers, “They have questions about how their food is produced, and we must answer those questions. We have to reach out and tell our story.” In addition, Kron said a strong Indiana agriculture sector is good for our state, “Agriculture means jobs. It means jobs on the farm; it means jobs at grocery stores, in retail establishments. It means jobs at ethanol production facilities. The more time, energy, and dollars we invest in agriculture the more we get in return.”
Kron wants Farm Bureau to be at the forefront of telling agriculture’s story and to be a unifying factor to bring all of agriculture together, “Agriculture is a minority, but a united minority can always be more powerful than a divided majority.” He added this is one of the driving reasons he want to become Farm Bureau President, “I believe in Farm Bureau and want to keep agriculture a strong and viable occupation so that the next generation will want to return to our family farms. Since Indiana Farm Bureau is a general farm organization, we can bring all the commodity groups together to create a strong voice for the agriculture industry.”