Rhonda Knutson is a WILD woman on the go.
She’s newly elected as a director to the Adams County Farmers Union Board, past president of the Hettinger School Board, a board member of the Adams County Development Corporation and heads up Running Renegades – a track and cross country booster club (her daughters run). She takes pride in balancing working full-time, helping her husband in their family business of drilling water wells and raising twin 16-year-old daughters. Rhonda says, “Life is never dull as our schedules are always filled with school activities, 4-H, sports, work and church.”
Rhonda got involved with Farmers Union when a friend invited her to the 2014 WILD annual conference in Jamestown. That event lit her fire and interest in NDFU. Since then, she has attended as many events as she can and has brought her daughters to a regional WILD event.
Agriculture impacts much of Rhonda’s life. Living in a farming and ranching community, she sees and communicates with men and women about programs and marketing options to help folks make effective choices. Rhonda feels many of her career choices have provided her with leadership opportunities. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Lodgepole, S.D., for three years, managing several grades and classes at the same time. She then worked for the Farm Service Agency which allowed her to build lasting connections with farmers, ranchers and coworkers. She values connections that are built through trust, honesty and straightforward conversations. In Rhonda’s current job at the new grain terminal in Bucyrus, she is learning to lead and interact with customers on a different level.
She does all of this with enthusiasm and passion. Rhonda has a quiet and humble way about her, yet her determined and energetic spirit shines as she goes about her community and home life leaving positive impacts.
Her advice for hesistant women wanting to get involved in leadership: “It’s a good thing to step out of your comfort zone, and just go for it because then you won’t look back and say ‘What if?’” Rhonda is excited about her role on the Adams County board and she looks forward to being supportive and to advocate for farmers around her.