Regent resident among WIFE Elite

When it comes Homeland Security, Marlene Kouba of Regent is a leader in a national organization.

She is one of two recently reelected chairmen in the Women Involved in Farm Economics organization.

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Kouba was reelected at the 42nd annual national convention in Santa Fe earlier this month.

The group is described as a grass roots organization that is committed to improving profitability in production agriculture.

Another North Dakota director, Deb Dressler of Richardton, also participated in a fly-in to Washington D.C. in support of rural broadband.

Diane McDonald of Inkster, North Dakota, was re-elected as national president of Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) on recently during the 42nd annual National Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The theme of the convention during Nov. 7-10 was ‘Ignite Your Passion for Agriculture’ and it was organized by three young women from Colorado.

McDonald had been elected to the position in 2017 during the convention in Cheyenne, Wyoming and has reigned over the organization for the past year.

Some of the activities this year include attending Ag Day events in Washington, DC, and participating in a conference with Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse Communications.

Members also visited with their respective men and women in Congress.

During the year WIFE signed on to many letters with other agricultural organizations on issues pertaining to rural broadband, fake meat, trade and agricultural company mergers plus numerous other topics.

Secretary Pam Potthoff of Nebraska represented WIFE at the Organization for Competitive Markets Convention and served as a panelist.

Area Directors Dressler of North Dakota and Donna Bolz of Nebraska represented WIFE at a DC fly-in for rural broadband.

Some of the comments made by speakers during the convention included: We should share our experiences and expertise – make a difference, those who don’t like us are defining who we are, others only care if ag affects them, there will be 121 women serving in Congress next year while there was only 1 in 1916 and cattlemen are now fighting plant-based, cell-based and lab-grown meats.

Newly elected officers for 2019 are President Diane McDonald of North Dakota; Vice-President Jennifer Jones of Culbertson, Nebraska; Secretary Dressler; Treasurer Jenifer Felzien of Sterling, Colorado and Area Director Donna Bolz of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Two of the re-elected chairmen are National Homeland Security Chairman Kouba of Regent and the National Specialty Crops Chairman Mary Ann Unruh of Dickinson.

The 2019 convention will be held in Fargo, North Dakota.

Women Involved in Farm Economics is a grassroots organization committed to improving profitability in production agriculture.

According to a spokeswoman, membership is open to young and old, male or female.

For more information contact North Dakota President Phyllis Howatt at 701-256-2151, Marlene Kouba at 701-563-4560 or and also check out the ND WIFE Facebook page.

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