The American Farm Bureau Federation is accepting online nominations from state Farm Bureaus for the organization’s Partners in Advocacy Leadership program through March 3. The program provides advanced training to the organization’s rising stars, with the goal of developing powerful advocates for agriculture and cultivating leaders who can help Farm Bureau advance its policy goals.
The PAL program focuses on taking young members who have already begun their personal development journey and moving them to the next level. The curriculum is designed to be a challenging executive-type program. The core competencies for the program are self-awareness, industry knowledge, message development, message delivery, policy engagement and interpersonal skills.
Each state Farm Bureau may nominate two candidates for the program. Ideal candidates will be interested in advocacy and farm policy, in addition to being open to using social media and the latest technology (i.e., iPads, webinars, video editing, Skype/Facetime) as part of the learning process. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 30 and 45 as of March 3.
Candidates may qualify in one of the following ways:
State winner of a YF&R competitive event;
Retired member of any AFBF national committee;
Retired chair of a state Farm Bureau committee;
Finalist from the PAL class 8 (2015) program application process;
Graduate of a state leadership or advocacy development program (e.g., Leadership Academy, Institute, LEAD, etc.); or
Demonstrated excellence in advocacy or political outreach on the state or national level.
Applications are due before 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 3. Full details and the online application are available at http://www.fb.org/programs/pal-partners-in-agricultural-leadership/.