The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) has named Willow Holoubek of David City as its organizational director, effective June 1.
Holoubek will succeed Roger Berry who has served as A-FAN's field director since 2006. Berry recently accepted a position as vice president of member services for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation.
Holoubek joins A-FAN after working as a private consultant and project coordinator in the area of bioenergy development. Prior to her work in the bioenergy field, Holoubek served as the executive director of the Butler County Development Board from 2007 to 2009, where she worked to aid in the retention, expansion and development of new businesses in Butler County.
"Willow's wealth of experience in helping build economic opportunities in rural communities and her passion for Nebraska agriculture make her a perfect fit for the A-FAN organization," says Lori Luebbe, A-FAN president. "She clearly understands the importance of Nebraska agriculture and she possesses a broad set of skills, which will aid A-FAN in its mission of promoting the importance of Nebraska agriculture and the role it plays in the economic well-being of our state."
Holoubek has deep roots in agriculture, spending the last 20 plus years working with her husband, Mark, and four children on the family's grain and livestock farm near David City where they raise purebred Angus cattle, corn, soybeans and dairy-quality alfalfa. Willow is a past program technician for USDA's Farm Service Agency, in addition to serving as a clerk in the Butler County Treasurer's Office.
Holoubek earned an animal science degree from the University of Nebraska and is a graduate of the Nebraska LEAD program.
As organizational director for A-FAN, Holoubek is responsible for administering the day-to-day management of the organization, in addition to working with A-FAN's various committees and Nebraska agriculture promotion and education projects. Holoubek will also serve as a resource for Nebraska farmers and ranchers looking to expand their livestock operations.
A-FAN is a non-profit organization charged with developing educational opportunities and creating awareness about the importance of Nebraska agriculture, in addition to helping Nebraska farmers and ranchers in the responsible development and expansion of Nebraska's livestock farms, Luebbe says.