Hunnicutt of Nebraska Elected YF&R Committee Chair
NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 14, 2013 – Members of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee elected Zach Hunnicutt from Aurora, Neb., as the committee’s chairman for 2013. He will take over as chairman in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, and serve for one year. He will also serve a one-year term on the AFBF board of directors.
The American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee elected Zach Hunnicutt from Aurora, Neb., as the committee’s chairman for 2013. For a high resolution version of this photo, go to photos.fb.org.
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Zach and his wife Anna farm outside of Giltner, Neb., raising irrigated corn, popcorn and soybeans. Hunnicutt attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned a degree in agricultural economics. He and Anna have two children, Everett and Adeline.
Both Hunnicutts are very active in social media, working to tell agriculture’s story and helping bridge the gap between consumers and farmers and ranchers. Hunnicutt currently serves as treasurer for the Ag Chat Foundation.
With a strong presence on Facebook, Instagram (zjhunn) and Twitter (@zjhunn), he is well-versed in the opportunities social media offers for starting a conversation with consumers nationwide.
As YF&R chair, Hunnicutt said he intends to continue to build on young farmers’ efforts to connect with people outside of agriculture.
“With social media, I can reach out to people from the seat of my tractor,” Hunnicutt said. “It’s very effective.”
Hunnicutt would also like to help younger growers ramp up their involvement in the policy development process in their counties and states.
“Whether they’re just getting started or have long been a part of the policy development process, I’d encourage everyone to get more active, from the early stages of shaping policy to implementation,” said Hunnicutt.
Getting state YF&R committees to collaborate more is another goal of Hunnicutt’s.
“The committees should be a great resource for one another. We should be tapping into each other’s strengths and learning from each other’s successes,” he said.
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.
|Contacts:||Tracy Taylor Grondine