The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 10 young farm and ranch leaders as graduates of its sixth Partners in Agricultural Leadership class – sponsored by AFBF, Monsanto and Farm Credit – on Saturday during AFBF’s National Leadership and Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. AFBF President Bob Stallman says today’s young farmers and ranchers are truly impressive – and this group of graduates represents the very best of the best. Stallman says the graduates are equipped with the leadership skills they will need to help set the tone for American ag and serve their communities – helping them effectively engage with customers and provide needed advocacy for AFBF on many issues impacting farmers. The graduates for this class are Rachel Bina of North Dakota, Jonathan Cavin of Virginia, Travis Gebhart of South Dakota, Megan Gravois of Louisiana, Heather Hill of Indiana, Terri Lawton of Massachusetts, Hilary Maricle of Nebraska, Jason Rodgers of South Carolina, Malissa Fritz Schentzel of Minnesota and Misty Wall of Utah.
Eligible applicants for the PAL program must have previously developed leadership skills built through participating in at least one Young Farmers and Ranchers program. Training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific leadership skill sets while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies. The modules build upon one another over the program’s two-years – including intense, in-person, hands-on training.
Source: NAFB News Service