Utah's Farm Bureau President Kenneth R. Ashby, of Delta, was named to the board of directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation at its recent annual meeting.

Ashby's selection marks the third time in 15 years that a Utahn has been elected to the position representing the western region. The region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Cecil Miller, an Arizona rancher, and Bob Vice, a California farmer, were also named board members to represent the region.The board interprets policy and operating procedures for the general agriculture organization. "World agriculture is entering a critical period, and the American Farm Bureau will be taking a lead role in establishing U.S. policy relative to world agricultural trade and commodity production," Ashby said.

He has been president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation for four years and is chairman of the state Agriculture Advisory Committee. Prior to gaining the president's post, he was a member of the state federation's board of directors, representing Utah in District Seven, the southwest region.

Ashby also served on the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee of the national Farm Bureau.