Indiana Farm Bureau concluded its 2017 Leaders in Action program in Washington, D.C. this month where members met with Indiana’s national elected officials including Sen. Todd Young, Sen. Joe Donnelly and five U.S. Representatives. Leaders in Action is an annual program for INFB members looking to improve their leadership skills for the betterment of Indiana agriculture.
Members are accepted into the program through an application process, and if selected, they attend four sessions on working with local elected officials, self-leadership, presentation skills and opportunities in Farm Bureau. The last step of the program is a three-day trip to Washington, D.C., to learn about federal farm issues and hold meetings with congressional representatives.
This year, members met with the offices of Rep. Susan Brooks (5th district), Rep. Larry Buschon (8th district), Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (9th district), Rep. Luke Messer (6th district) and Rep. Todd Rokita (4th district).
In all seven meetings, INFB members had the opportunity to discuss legislative issues of priority to Indiana’s farmers including the 2018 farm bill, regulatory reform, access to rural broadband, tax reform, trade and more.
The following INFB members completed the program this year (asterisk represents those who were not able to be present in D.C.):
- Cathy Curry, Switzerland County*
- Travis Doto, Henry County*
- Bob Geswein, Floyd County
- Judy Harper, Vanderburgh County*
- Laurie Hubert, Perry County
- Courtney Mann, Putnam County
- Jacob Mattox, Decatur County*
- Jo Linda Meier, Bartholomew County*
- Lorna Meyer, Bartholomew County
- Marcia Monroe, Jackson County
- Suszette Neukam, Daviess County
- Cindy Ramsey, Shelby County
- Carol Redman, Posey County
- Jamie Schilmiller, Floyd County
- Tom Schilmiller, Floyd County
- Mark Simonetto, Hamilton County
- Chris Stoffel, Gibson County
- Rhonda Wheeler, Johnson County
- Jennifer Wilk, Dearborn County*
“Personal development programs like Leaders in Action help our members communicate the needs of Indiana’s farmers with decision makers,” said INFB President Randy Kron. “We look forward to seeing these leaders continue to grow and positively represent agriculture in our state.”
Leaders in Action is for individuals who want to enhance their leadership skills, specifically becoming more effective at the local, state or national levels in both volunteer and elected positions.