Former Lincolnville resident Betty (Stika) Augustine was elected treasurer of the American Emu Association at its annual meeting earlier this month in Vancouver, Washington.
She and her husband, Steve, now live in Hesston. They have been raising emus since 1994 and sell emu products online and, on Saturday mornings, at Kansas Grown Farmers Market on the grounds of Sedgwick County Extension Office in Wichita.
Emus, natives of Australia, are flightless birds that can grow to more than six feet tall and can run more than 30 mph. They are farmed primarily for their meat, leather, feathers, and oil.