The American Farm Bureau Federation has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers committees.
“Dedicated Farm Bureau leaders, such as those selected to serve on national committees, remain the foundation of our grassroots organization,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We commend them for their willingness to serve and build greater understanding between modern farmers and consumers.”
Duvall announced the appointment of the following members to the P&E Committee for two-year terms starting in 2019: Barbara Rogers-Scharneck, Massachusetts (dairy replacement heifers, hay, silage, corn and u-pick crops with a garden center); Stacey Lauwers, Michigan (alfalfa hay, soybeans, wheat and commercial sheep); Heather Lang, North Dakota (diversified small grain and farrow-to-fork pork production); James Barbour, Pennsylvania (beef cattle and produce); and Andrea Brossard, Wisconsin (dairy cattle, beef cattle, alfalfa hay and small grains). Jennifer Bergin, Montana (crops and beef cattle), was reappointed to a two-year term starting in 2019.
Ten individuals representing qualifying Farm Bureau Promotion & Education states comprise the P&E Committee.
The committee strives to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau members to convey the significance of agriculture. Committee members support and encourage state Farm Bureau volunteers to participate in projects and activities by providing resources for programs, communicating with state leaders and contributing collaborative ideas.
Duvall announced the appointment of the following members to the YF&R Committee for the 2019-2021 term beginning in March: Morgan Norris, Florida (ag marketing company); Neil and Melissa Durrant, Idaho (row crops, alfalfa and ag business); Shelby Watson-Hampton, Maryland (wine grapes/winery and agritourism); Seth and Lyndsay Earl, Michigan (dairy cattle and row crops); Marc and Meagan Kaiser, Missouri (row crops and ag business); Kyle and Tiffany Lechtenberg, Nebraska (alfalfa, row crops, beef cattle and ag business); John and Liza Layton, North Carolina (row crops); and Greg and Theresa Corcoran, Ohio (row crops and beef cattle).
Sixteen positions representing all regions of the U.S. comprise the YF&R Committee. An individual or couple may hold each committee appointment. Committee members are responsible for program planning, which includes the coordination of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s Annual Convention each January and the Harvest for All program.
National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. Learn more online: Promotion & Education, http://www.fb.org/programs/promotion-education/ and Young Farmers & Ranchers, http://www.fb.org/programs/young-farmers-and-ranchers/.