Robin Kinney has been named Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) membership and marketing director and will direct and coordinate organization development, member growth and programs that relate to serving Farm Bureau members, effective Feb. 1.

Kinney most recently served as the senior director of member engagement for the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Minnesota native’s extensive work experience in agriculture is impressive. She has previously worked for the Minnesota Farm Bureau, was a former farm broadcaster, served as an assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture from 2007-11 and worked for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Born and raised in St. Paul near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, her family moved to the farm in the early 1970’s. Robin partnered with her family on a registered Jersey dairy near Buffalo, the K5 Ranch. She attended the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and remains active in several agriculture related organizations and is a life member of the FFA Alumni.

“I feel incredibly privileged to rejoin the dedicated staff serving Minnesota Farm Bureau members. I look forward to working with the leaders, members and team after nearly a decade away from the state. The insight and experience provided by working with the national team and leaders has doubled my admiration for the strength of Farm Bureau’s grassroots structure at the local, state and national level,” said Kinney. “During a challenging year of virtual meetings this opportunity is a blessing and has provided the perfect timing for me to return ‘home’ to family, friends and where I began with the Minnesota Farm Bureau.”