Indiana Farm Bureau has announced that Bob Kraft, director of state government relations, is planning to retire at the end of September. Katrina Hall, IFB’s lead lobbyist on tax, education and fiscal policy, has been promoted to the role of director and will lead the organization’s state policy efforts. She begins her new duties June 10.
Kraft began his career with Indiana Farm Bureau in 1990 and has been instrumental in many of the organization’s legislative successes over the years. In addition to his decades as the legislative face of Farm Bureau, Kraft has made significant contributions to the execution of member-driven policy and worked tirelessly for the benefit of Indiana farmers.
“Even though he’s known as one of the best in the hallways and is well-respected by our legislators, Bob Kraft has been much more than just a lobbyist for us,” said Farm Bureau President Don Villwock. “He has provided significant service to Farm Bureau, our member-farmers and rural communities across Indiana through his policy leadership, lobbying efforts and relationship building at the Statehouse.”
Hall, who has been with IFB for 13 years, brings a significant background in state and local government to her new position, as well as a strong understanding of how policy impacts IFB members. She is a well-recognized authority on Indiana’s state budget and tax structure and has worked in government finance her entire professional career.
“I’m very proud of the work Bob has done and I’m confident Katrina will pick up right where he left off,” said IFB public policy director Megan Ritter. “There’s still a lot of legislative and policy work to do through the summer, and I look forward to working with Bob and Katrina as we tie up the loose ends from this last session of the General Assembly.”
Indiana Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and represents the legislative and policy interests of all Hoosier farmers.