Ford County family named Farm Family of the Year
Rick and Tammy Konecny, Ford County, were honored as Kansas Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year for Farm Bureau's 8th geographic district. The Konecny family received their award during Kansas Farm Bureau's 94th Annual Meeting in Manhattan, Dec. 4.
One family in each of the Kansas Farm Bureau's 10 geographic districts is selected each year for the Farm Family of the Year award. The award recognizes families for their service and leadership in agriculture, Farm Bureau and their communities.
Rick Konecny returned to farming after retiring from UPS. He and his wife Tammy farm 1,280 acres. On their land they have 420 acres that are currently in CRP, 660 in production and the remaining land in pasture. The Konecnys use a rotation of wheat, milo and summer fallow. The Konecnys have six children and seven grandchildren.
Rick and Tammy Konecny have made commitments to Farm Bureau in a variety of ways. They joined the Ford County Farm Bureau board of directors, have been on the President's Trip to Washington, D.C., and have attended and participated in the Kansas Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Rick has held positions in Farm Bureau such as serving as the president of the state Natural Resources & Environment Committee and currently serves as the Ford County Farm Bureau president. He is also a member of the State Resolution Committee. Tammy has served Farm Bureau by serving as the county Women's Chair, as the secretary and treasurer for Ford County Farm Bureau.
Locally, the Konecnys believe in being involved and are very active in the St. Stanislaus Church. Tammy was president of the Alter Society for 3 years and Rick was part of the liturgy group and on the church council. Together, they served as educators to the church youth. Rick and Tammy were also very supportive to their kids by being at different school functions and helping coach summer ball programs. The Konecnys believe there needs to be constant education and support to the farmers and ranchers in an effort to make good farming and living decisions.
Kansas Farm Bureau represents grassroots agriculture. Established in 1919, this non-profit advocacy organization supports farm families who earn their living in a changing industry.