AFAN Announces Two New Staff Hires

AFAN Announces Two New Staff Hires

Lincoln, NE 4.11.18–AFAN has announced two new hires at its Lincoln office.

William Keech, from Hickman, Nebraska, has been named Director of Livestock Development. He will take the lead in building relationships, programming and the creation of tools that will enhance on-going development of livestock agriculture in Nebraska. Ashley Babl, from Albion, Nebraska, has joined the AFAN team as Livestock Programming Coordinator with responsibilities in creating and managing programming events for producers and communities to enhance education about the industry

William Keech                                      Ashely Babl

Both Keech and Babl are producers themselves and have a solid background working in the agriculture industry.  Keech comes to AFAN from the finance industry, where he created and led an agriculture lending division. He holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture Business from Northwest Missouri State University and has been active in the operation of his family’s business, Keech Farms, in Hickman. Babl has worked with precision farming equipment where she served as a consultant to producers about technology. She holds associate degrees from Northeast Nebraska Community College, Norfolk, in agronomy and agribusiness.

“We are excited to welcome William Keech and Ashley Babl to the AFAN team,” said AFAN Executive Director Kristen Hassebrook. “We look forward to expanding AFAN’s outreach with programming and services for both producers and community leaders with the goal of continuing to grow the livestock industry in Nebraska.”

About AFAN

The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) is a non-profit organization formed by leading agricultural membership groups in Nebraska such as the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Poultry Industries, and Nebraska Soybean Association. With the support of other membership groups, commodity organizations, and private business, AFAN works with individual producers and communities across Nebraska to encourage the development of environmentally responsible and economically viable livestock production in the state. For more information about AFAN, go to