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Glen Cope of Missouri Elected YF&R Committee Chair

HONOLULU, January 8, 2012 – Members of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee elected Glen Cope from Aurora, Mo., as the committee’s chairman for 2012. He will take over as chairman in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, and serve for one year.

Cope graduated from Missouri State University in 2002 with a degree in animal science. As a fourth-generation rancher, he cares for a beef cattle herd on about 3,000 acres near Aurora, in the southwestern part of the state.

Cope’s wife Leanne, a high school science teacher, is very involved in the ranch.The couple has two young children.

As chair, Cope said he intends to encourage young growers to be more active, particularly via social media and the Internet, in countering the many misconceptions about agriculture.

“We should be playing a bigger part in helping consumers better understand the benefits of biotechnology and making them more aware of how farmers truly care for their animals,” Cope said.

Cope was enthusiastic about Farm Bureau’s involvement with the newly formed U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and wants YF&R committee members to be more involved, especially in USFRA’s online Food Dialogues.

Always concerned about the outlook for agriculture, the YF&R committee members will also strongly consider the future of Farm Bureau.

“As the American Farm Bureau Federation is approaching its centennial, we’re looking ahead to the needs, challenges and potential of the next 100 years,” Cope said.

Cope intends to tap into the motivated and dedicated leadership of state Farm Bureau YF&R committees across the nation.And for those programs that need a little boost, Cope and the rest of the committee are ready and willing to share their resources.

The YF&R program includes men and women between the ages of 18 and 35. The program’s goals are to help younger Farm Bureau members learn more about agriculture, network with other farmers and become future leaders in agriculture and Farm Bureau.

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