THANK YOU for making FARM 2016 so AWESOME!

Wasn’t that great?!?!  FARM 2016 is in the books, and from what we experienced, and you said, we had a fantastic long weekend of music, community, fun, music, great food, friendship, music, and Champ.

A few people  we really need to thank include:

  • Official Showcases – Lee Herman
  • Private Showcases –Jacquelyn Strickland
  • Venue Presenter Showcases – Nancy Freeman
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration – Nancy Freeman
  • DJ Showcase – Karen Impola
  • Printed Program – Annie Capps
  • On Line Private Showcase listing – Brian B
  • Performance Lane – Joan Hellman
  • Registrar – Doug Adams
  • Sound – Maurice Smeets
  • Video – Snapshot Video
  • Nametags – Emily White
  • Private Showcase Food Inspector – Champ Smith

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Results from the FARM Board of Director’s election

The results of the FARM Board of Director’s election were announced at the annual membership meeting on Sunday, October 30th. FARM’s annual membership meeting was held during the FARM conference in Iowa City.

For the first time in our memory FARM had a contested election. This year the terms for RJ Cowdery and Randy Styka expired and were open for election. Randy Styka indicated that he would run for re-election and the board, acting as the nominating committee, nominated Randy. RJ Cowdery chose to not run for re-election. FARM members nominated 3 individuals; Don Simons, Cindy Morgan and Charlie Mosbrook. So there were 4 individuals running for 2 open board positions.

Folk Alliance International managed the election process utilizing the online application Election Buddy.

96 to of 419 ballots were returned (22.9%). Those ballots represented 166 out of 701 votes (21.0%). The results were as follows:

• Randy Styka, 101 (32.9%)
• Don Simons, 85 (27.7%)
• Cindy Morgan, 69 (22.5)
• Charlie Mosbrook, 52 (16.9%)


Our congratulations to Randy and Don. We are glad to have Randy continue on the board and Don brings a skill set and experience which will be helpful to FARM.

We thank Cindy and Charlie for participating in FARM’s election process. And we encourage both to run again next year.

If you have an interest in becoming a part of FARM’s leadership feel free to contact any of FARM’s board members and be looking for FARM’s election announcements next year.

The FARM directors are: Bob Hofbauer, President; Smitty Smith, Vice President & conference co-director; Nancy Emrich, Secretary & conference co-director; Lola Tyler, treasurer; Randy Styka; Kerry Patrick Clark and Don Simon.

Official FARM Playlist

We are currently featuring our 2017 Official Showcase artists! Give a listen - you can expect more of this at this year's FARM conference!


Friends of FARM


Laura Lind
Andy Cohen
Mark Dvorak
Two Way Street Coffee House
Curt Joa
Sue Kessell
Tim Grimm
Sandy Andina
Deb Kirmer – Last Minute Folk Concerts
Annie Capps
Sue Kessell (WNUR)
West Bethesda Folk Music Conferences
Patty Stevenson and Craig Siemsen
JLMartin Music

Visit our Sponsorship page for more info.

Future FARM Dates


Dates for future FARM Conferences:

Grand Rapids, MI

Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport Hotel
5700 28th Street
Grand Rapids, MI
* October 25 – 28, 2018
* October 24 – 27, 2019
* October 22 – 25, 2020


Dates of the 2017 FARM Conference:

In Iowa City, IA
* October 19 – 22, 2017

FARM States & Provinces

North Dakota
South Dakota