The former vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau has a new role. He was elected president by the delegate session in the closing minutes of the 2015 Indiana Farm Bureau Convention in Indianapolis on Tuesday. He takes the reins from Don Villwock, who retired after 14 years as president.
Villwock is seeking election as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in January. He announced retirement several months before announcing his bid for the AFBF post.
Kron served as vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau during Villwock's 14 years as president. In remarks shortly after his election, he said one of his number one goals is strengthening county farm bureaus. He calls them the key to a successful state organization.
Kron, his wife and son farm in Vanderburgh County. He graduated from Purdue University in 1983 in ag economics. He has served as Indiana Farm Bureau's representative on the U.S. Grains Council and on the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. He believes in local government, and currently serves as his township's trustee/assessor.
One of the big issues Farm Bureau addressed last legislative sessions and continues to address in annexation by larger towns. Kron was involved in helping defeat a power grab by the City of Evansville a couple of years ago that would have annexed a large amount of farmland onto the city roles. That effort gave him direct insight into the annexation issue which many believe is still a work in progress.
Kendell Culp, Rensselaer, farms with his wife, parents, son and daughter, raising grain and hogs. He served on the Indiana Farm Bureau Board as District 3 director for 12 years – the maximum number of years a director can serve. He is also a director from Indiana for Farm Credit Mid-America, and is a Jasper County Commissioner.
He was elected to the vice president positon of Indiana Farm Bureau after it was vacated due to Kron's election as president. Kron is only the ninth president in the long history of Indiana Farm Bureau.