Young farmers, ranchers on state YF&R Advisory Committee

Twenty-three young producers were appointed to Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 2022 Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Advisory Committee.

An individual or a couple from each TFB district serve two years on the committee. The district representatives are named by TFB President Russell Boening.

Advisory committee members are responsible for recommending, promoting and evaluating programs and activities that encourage young people to become involved in the Farm Bureau at the local, state and national levels.

“Leaders are needed for the future of agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau. This program can help us achieve that because it young farmers, ranchers and ag professionals with opportunities for leadership development, networking and personal and professional growth,” Travis Wanoreck, committee chair, said.

The committee plans the YF&R Conference and Fall Tour, as well as hosts districts meetings in the spring and summer.

Want to get involved or meet your YF&R district committee representative? Check out the committee information below or visit texasfarmbureau.org/YFR.

Meet the Texas Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Advisory Committee.

District 1: Landon and Brianna Friemel
Landon and Brianna Friemel farm cotton, wheat, corn and sorghum and raise cattle with Landon’s brother through their business, Rockin L Enterprises. Landon and his brother also own a metal fabrication shop and run a custom swathing and manure-spreading business. Brianna runs a home-based jewelry design company and is a partner in an event venue. They have three children: Madisyn, Masyn, and Mason.

District 2: Alton and Adrienne Synatschk
Alton and Adrienne Synatschk grow corn, cotton, grain sorghum and wheat in the Texas Panhandle. In addition to the row crops, they raise stocker cattle, maintain a cow-calf herd, and operate several custom businesses—spraying, swathing, and trucking. Alton also farms in a separate partnership with his two brothers, and Adrienne is a teacher. The couple has four children: Emilee, Bailee, Kylee, and Brantley.

District 3: Colby and Allison White
Colby and Allison White are the sixth generation to farm peanuts, wheat and cotton in Wilbarger County. They farm with Colby’s dad and granddad on the multi-generational family farm. Allison helps out by bringing to the farm and is the Vernon High School cheer coach. They hope to pass on the family farming legacy to their three children: Hayslee, Drayson, and Coburn.

District 4: Brandon and Kaitlyn Boerner
Brandon and Kaitlyn Boerner are part owners and operators of their family’s fifth-generation farm. They grow wheat, peanuts and oats alongside Brandon’s family in Grayson and Hunt counties. The couple also manages their cow-calf herd. In addition to farming and ranching, Brandon works for SMA, Inc. America’s Ag Parts Supplier, and Kaitlyn is a veterinarian at a local animal practice.

District 5: Patrick and Lacey Williams
Patrick and Lacey Williams are fourth-generation farmers in East Texas. They specialize in hay production using sprig cultivation and liquid fertilization with weed and pest control. They have a small cow-calf herd and work with Patrick’s brothers for feed and pasture production for their cattle. Lacey assists with the farm and is as a registered nurse specializing in labor and delivery.

District 7: Jacob and Laura Henson
Jacob and Laura Henson are part owners in an Angus-cross commercial cattle herd and help operate Laura’s family’s farm, white-tailed deer ranch and silage harvesting business. Jacob works for Infinity Firearms, and Laura is an instructor at Tarleton State University and owns the small-business marketing company Laura Henson Designs. They have one daughter: Ashton.

District 8: Heston and Stevie McBride
Heston and Stevie McBride are the owners and operators of AgroTech, an agricultural service business that provides liquid feed, custom hay services, herbicide application, liquid feed, agricultural equipment rentals, dyed diesel and more to farmers and ranchers in the Lampasas area. The young couple also manages a cow-calf herd and grows hay. They have one son: Hetch.

District 9: Preston Loggins
Preston Loggins graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural leadership and development and a minor in agronomy. During college, he served as an intern in the US House of Representatives. Loggins is the incoming chairman of the Angelina County Barrow show and serves as an Angelina County Youth Fair board member.

District 11: Kevin and Jackie Seawright
Kevin and Jackie Seawright are first-generation swine farmers. They own and manage Right Track Farms, where they breed show and meat market pigs. They have expanded their farm to include vegetables and chemical amino acid/protein application. Kevin is also an agronomist and manages environmental compliance for K3BMI, and Jackie is a quality assurance and food safety manager at Colorado County Rice Mill, Inc. They have one son: Jackson.

District 12: Matthew & Breanna Krueger
Matthew and Breanna Krueger raise commercial cattle, grow winter oats, and harvest Sudan and irrigated coastal Bermudagrass in Bexar County. In addition to their farm and ranch, the couple manages a custom hay and harvest business. Matthew is a full-time farmer, and Breanna works as a fuels analyst at a local utility company. Together, they are working to care for their land and livestock. Matthew and Breanna live in Stockdale with their son Stetson.

District 13: Travis and Bethany Wanoreck
Travis and Bethany Wanoreck are first-generation farmers who grow cotton, grain sorghum, and wheat in Bee, Jim Wells and Nueces counties. They also custom sow wheat and custom harvest cotton. The couple implements minimum tillage and strip-till practices on their farms to help reduce soil erosion and increase organic matter. Bethany, a registered nurse, is the district nurse at Orange Grove ISD. The couple has three children: Wyatt, Brynlee, and Taryn.

Ex-officio: Eric and Alisha Schwertner
Eric and Alisha Schwertner grow cotton, corn, sorghum and wheat. They grow hay for their cow-calf herd, and Eric owns and operates a custom cotton harvesting business. Alisha is a product manager for John Deere. The couple has three boys: Lane, Caleb, and Eli. The Schwertners are currently serving their second year on the AFBF YF&R Committee. Alisha was elected the 2022 chair committee and is the first from Texas to lead the national committee.

Districts 6 and 10 on the YF&R Advisory Committee are currently vacant. Contact youngfarmers@txfb.org if you’d like more information about activities in those districts.

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