Meet the Board 2016-12-15T12:53:45+00:00

How the KFU Board is Elected

The Kansas Farmers Union board of directors is made up of six members, along with the Vice President and President.

The state is divided into a North District and a South District. Each district has three board members who serve three-year terms. One representative from each district is up for election each year.

The President and Vice President are elected annually.

The position of Treasurer and Secretary are appointed by the KFU board of directors

KFU Board Leadership

Donn Teske
Donn TeskePresident
Donn is serving in his 14th year as president of Kansas Farmers Union and was recently elected National Farmers Union Vice President. He owns and operates a farm near Wheaton in Pottawatomie County as a 5th generation farmer. Teske’s farm is approximately 2/3 grass and 1/3 crops. Prior to his time at KFU, Donn worked for the Kansas Rural Center and for Kansas State University Agricultural Economics Department as a farm financial analyst. He serves on the board of some twelve state, regional, and national boards concerning agriculture and the environment.
Linda Hessman
Linda HessmanVice President
Linda is a generational farmer’s daughter. She married into a generational farm family from Dodge City where she and her husband Jerry farmed and raised a cow herd in a family partnership for 34 years. She is a Certified Mediator specializing in ag issues as well as a national Farm Aid Advocate. Linda received the prestigious KFU Ruth Hirsch Award in 2012, and the National Catholic Rural Life Award for her work with farm & ranch families developing programs for rural areas. She served a 4-year term as a Kansas Wheat Commissioner. Rural communities and families, including her own, continue to be her passion. She presently facilitates classes at Santa Fe Community Corrections in Dodge City.

Our Board Members

Herb Bartel
Herb BartelState Treasurer and South District
Herb is a fourth generation owner/operator of his family’s 340-acre organic farm in south central Kansas. Herb and his wife Pat have installed solar panels and a wind turbine on their historic farm, and have been working lately on a water retention project. Besides serving on the KFU board, Herb also serves as treasurer of the organization.
Rosanna Bauman
Rosanna BaumanSouth District
Rosanna Bauman is a farmer and serial ag entrepreneur from Garnett. Together with her parents and five siblings, Bauman has developed businesses that expand opportunities for local food production in eastern Kansas through USDA-inspected poultry and meat processing facilities and a non-GMO feed hub.
David Heiens
David HeiensNorth District
David farms organically on land in Dickinson County near Abilene that has been in the Heiens family for over 100 years. David raises hogs and cattle along with alfalfa and grains. David has served on the board for Kansas Organic Producers Cooperative and on the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) Research and Education Committee and the OCIA Promotions committee. He currently serves as chair of the OCIA Crop Improvement Committee and serves on the OCIA KS#2 board as well as the board of his church, The Lords Chapel, in Talmage, KS.
Lavern Potuzak
Lavern PotuzakNorth District
Lavern is a life-long cash grain farmer and cattleman near Agenda, KS in Republic County. He has been a Kansas Farmers Union member since the 1970s. During this time, Lavern has served Farmers Union as a county officer, a state board member, and most recently as KFU Vice President. In his free time, Lavern also serves on numerous boards and committees in his local area.
Jason Schmidt
Jason SchmidtSouth District
Jason is a 5th generation farmer from rural Newton, moved back to his home community with his wife Carol to take over the family dairy farm. Jason has experience with a variety of farming systems having worked with organic vegetable farmers, grass-fed beef producers, and conventional grain and livestock farmers in the U.S. and abroad. Jason has a Master’s degree in Plant and Environmental Science from Clemson University researching grass-finished beef. Before moving back to the family farm, Jason worked for the Kansas Rural Center as a field organizer for the Clean Water Farms project.
Matt Ubel
Matt UbelNorth District
Bio coming soon.
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