Women Involved in Farm Economics, or WIFE, is getting ready for the group's 41st annual convention, which will be held Nov. 9-11 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Women Involved in Farm Economics, or WIFE, is getting ready for the group’s 41st annual convention, which will be held Nov. 9-11 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Kerry Froese, who owns a farm north of La Junta and works in her family’s trucking business, is currently serving a one-year term as national president.
"We’re hoping to have 12 to 15 members from Colorado at the convention," she said.
Froese has been busy with several WIFE projects this year. She and her husband, Jacob, were among 20 different WIFE member farms nationwide that grew pink pumpkins to show support for cancer survivors and raise funds for the organization. While many of the pumpkins were given away, the rest were sold for $5 each, with 50 cents going to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation, which funds breast cancer research, and the rest supporting the WIFE organization.
"It went really well," Froese said. "(Current Colorado president) Cathy Scherler gave a pumpkin to one survivor, and she broke down and cried. It’s really near and dear to our hearts that we can do this as a way of showing those affected by breast cancer that we honor and care about them."
In addition to Froese, several other Colorado women are serving the organization in a national capacity. Jenifer Flezien, of Sterling, is national treasurer, Jillane Hixson, of Lamar, chairs the natural resources and private property rights committee and Belinda Pierce Groner, also of Lamar, chairs the energy committee.
Over the past year, the group held a Washington fly-in and conducted a letter writing campaign to address their two priority issues, the poor farm economy and the upcoming Farm Bill.
"We’ve done the best we can to educate the public and our legislators about the current crisis in the farm economy," Froese said.
She and her husband are just getting started in farming. They bought their farm a year ago and are planning to grow alfalfa and specialty crops.
"About two-thirds of our members represent the older generation, but the fastest growing part of our organization are millennials like me," she explained.
The convention is being held at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne. The program includes several speakers addressing topics related to property rights, estate planning and marketing in addition to business and committee meetings and tours. Froese can be contacted for more info by calling 719-469-7749.