Cyndi Johnson, a wheat farmer from Conrad, has been elected as president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation during the organization’s 102nd Annual Convention Nov. 8-11 in Billings. Johnson will serve as the organization’s first female president since its inception in 1919. Gary Heibertshausen, an Alzada sheep rancher, was elected vice president. Heibertshausen served from 2015-2021 as MFBF District 5 Director. 

Darcia Patten, a cattle rancher from Broadus, was elected as MFBF District 5 Director. Re-elected to the 

MFBF Board of Directors were Craig Blevins, District 1, a purebred Angus breeder from Ronan; Kris Descheemaeker, District 3, a cattle rancher from Lewistown; Joy DePuydt, District 7, a small grains farmer and cattle rancher from Saco, and Scott Stoner, District 9, who raises horses in Montana City. 

Carla Lawrence from Boyd was re-elected as the MFBF Women’s Leadership Chair, with J.M Peck from Melrose re-elected as the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee Chair.

Women’s Leadership Committee

  • District 2 – Marti Shields, Dillon; Rhonda Boyd, Alder
  • District 4 – Gretchen Schubert, Huntley; Teddi Vogel, Ballantine
  • District 6 – Michelle Gibbs, Circle; Paula Steinbeisser, Sidney
  • District 8 – Marjorie Pribyl, Cascade; Katie Schuler, Fort Benton
  • District 10 – Carole Plymale, Townsend; Heidi Brewer, Bozeman

Young Farmer & Rancher Committee

  • District 1 – Vacancy – Nick Courville
  • District 2 – Mark Boyd, Alder; Michael Walsh, Twin Bridges
  • District 4 – Zach Weimortz, Fromberg; Jacob Stenberg, McLeod
  • District 6 – Lee Jensen, Circle; Marianne Gartner, Sidney
  • District 8 – Shay Richter, Fort Benton; Todd Standley, Cascade
  • District 10 – Kat Taylor, Bozeman; Brady Richardson, White Sulphur Springs