Becky Vining Koch grew up on a farm near Richmond, Kansas, and attended Central Heights High School. Her communications work started in 4-H and FFA, serving as reporter and winning state awards in each. With an English and journalism teacher mother and farmer father, she combined the two to study agricultural journalism at Kansas State University. She interned for a year with the National FFA Organization’s communications unit and graduated from K-State in 1982, then spent six months working on farms in the Netherlands.
Becky worked as Alpha Zeta leader of campus affairs, Kansas Wheat Commission communications director and Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom executive director and earned a master’s in agricultural education at K-State before moving to North Dakota. In 1991, she started with North Dakota State University Extension Communications as human development editor and marketing specialist. In 2004, she was named director of the department, now called Agriculture Communication.
Becky won the ACE Pioneer Award, Distance Education and Instructional Design Award of Excellence and numerous Critique and Award Program honors. In addition to ACE, she chaired the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and was president of North Dakota Professional Communicators.
2013-14 ACE Board
President Becky Koch; President-elect Joanne Littlefield; Vice President Brad Beckman; Past President Faith Peppers; SIG Director Julie Deering; Marketing Director Kevin Leigh Smith; Membership Director Tracey Ferwerda; Professional Development Director Rhonda Conlon; Research Director Tracy Irani; Retiree Director Marci Hilt; Executive Director Holly Young; Treasurer Elaine Edwards