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Kentucky Nominating Committee Election

Candidates running to join the Nominating Committee in Kentucky in 2024.

Steven Bach

Mount Sterling

Bach farms on 900 owned and 2,100 leased acres, where he raises 300 beef cows, corn, soybeans, alfalfa, peach trees, and asparagus. He currently serves on the Bath County Farm Bureau and Kentucky Corn Growers Association Boards of Directors and is a member of the Owingsville First Church of God. Bach previously served on the University of Kentucky Ag Alumni Association. He has an Animal Science Degree from the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program. He has served on the Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee.

Amanda Gajdzik


Gajdzik is a full-time farmer, along with her husband, raising corn, soybeans, and beef cattle with apple and peach orchards, vegetables, and an on-farm agritourism market. Gajdzik and her husband have two young children. She serves on the Farm Credit Mid-America Advocate Council and on the Traditional Bank Shelbyville Advisory Board. She also serves as Treasurer of the Kentucky State Horticulture Association and as Director on the Shelby County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Gajdzik is a former Chair and member of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Generation Bridge Committee. She has served on the Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee.

Eric Howard


Howard serves as the farm manager/co-operator at Vandiver Farms, a 2,400 acre corn and soybean farm operation in McLean County, KY. He runs the day-to-day operations which includes buying equipment, planting and harvesting, repair and maintenance, input to marketing and overseeing the daily tasks. He is a member of the Calhoun Baptist Church and an alumni of McLean County FFA.

Terry Ishmael


Ishmael has managed his family farm since 1999. They have a beef cow/calf operation on 325 acres and grow and sell hay. He has been employed with the Transportation Cabinet since 1997 serving as Materials Engineer, Traffic Engineer and for the past 5 years, Branch Manager. He has been a licensed Engineer since 2001. He currently serves as the Vice president of the Fleming Co. Farm Bureau and a Director for both the Local Southern States and the Fleming County Hospital. He was a past president of Fleming Co. Rotary and he also serves as a Deacon and Trustee of Flemingsburg Baptist Church.

Bruce D. Langley


Langley farms on 573 owned and 981 leased acres, where he raises corn, soybeans, tobacco, wheat and watermelons in which he oversees the production. Langley also raises 65 cow/calf pairs and bales hay. He oversees the daily operations of Langley Farms LLC; his roles include supervising full-time employees and seasonal workers and evaluating and delegating company equipment and machinery repairs and maintenance.

Chris Mitchell


Mitchell is a full-time farmer who operates a 300 cow/calf operation, hay and finished beef sales and row crops on 325 owned and 500 leased acres. He also runs a lime spreading business. He previously served on his local Farm Credit Advisory Committee and the Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee. Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors for the Fleming County Farm Bureau, Fleming County Cattlemen’s Association, Inc. and A Better Community Foundation. He is also Vice President of the Lions Club.

Alice Maze Porter


Porter owns 500 acres and leases an additional 300 acres. Her operation includes cow/calf pairs, background feeder calves, and retaining heifers from her herd to breed and sell. Porter worked at her local feed mill before transitioning into farming full-time. She previously served on her local Farm Credit Advisory Committee and has served on the Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee.

Tyson Sanderfur


Sanderfur farms in Ohio County, Kentucky with his wife, father and 3 sons. He started farming in 1992 at the age of 13. Sandefur owns 2,000 acres and leases 500 acres. He grows corn, soybeans, wheat, canola and tobacco. And he also raises beef cattle and turkeys. Along with farming, he has 20 years of experience in the agriculture insurance field. He is a member of the Advisory Council for Farm Credit. He is secretary of the Lions Club, chairman of the No Creek Community Church and director of Kentucky Corn Growers. He served as director of the Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2016.

Aaron Tucker


Tucker runs a farming operation on 140 acres of owned and leased land where he raises beef cattle, dark tobacco, and hay and has a welding shop. Tucker, an agriculture teacher at Apollo High School, previously served as the regional chair and treasurer of the Kentucky Association of Ag Educators and as the vice president of Daviess County Cattlemen. He is a moderator at Buck Creek Baptist Church and has served on the Farm Credit Mid-America Nominating Committee. He lives in McLean County with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

Dennis Wells


Wells has been involved in agriculture for a lifetime and his family has farmed in Kentucky for many generations. He lives in Lexington, KY and owns Five Miles North Farm, where he is a thoroughbred horse breeder and racer. On the 175 acres he co-owns with his wife Terri, he also produces hay and premium beef. He is the retired CEO of LSI Industries, a former John Deere dealership co-owner, and currently works as an Investment Banker. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University. He serves as the Treasurer for the Sons of the American Revolution, Lafayette Chapter and is a member of First Families of Kentucky which established that his family settled in Kentucky prior to statehood in 1792.