Nancy Thelen represents Michigan Farm Bureau’s Promotion & Education program on the organization’s board of directors. She and her husband Steve live and farm in Washtenaw County near Saline, only miles from the dairy and beef farm she grew up on.
She graduated from Michigan State University where she was involved in many extracurricular activities and participated in university and national collegiate activities. Nancy raised registered Angus cattle for 60 years and recently invested in embryo transfers. They currently rent out their crop ground for cash crops.
Thelen has been involved in Farm Bureau for more than 35 years and was a cofounder of Project RED in 1991. Nancy served on her local Promotion & Education Committee for 33 years, the county board for four years, and in 2020 she and her husband earned Washtenaw County Farm Bureau’s Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award. Both of their daughters have served on MFB’s State Young Farmer Committee.
Outside Farm Bureau, Thelen has also been deeply involved with the Michigan Angus Association, Michigan Angus Auxiliary, and served many years as an advisor to the Michigan Junior Angus Association. She was the 2008 president of the American Angus Auxiliary and in 2019 earned their Distinguished Woman’s award.
Thelen has been an active 4-H and FFA supporter and coached youth livestock judging teams for over 30 years. She is active with the Saline Community Fair and alongside her husband was inducted into the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Hall of Fame in 2020.