Members of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee elected Kalena Bruce of Cedar County, Missouri, as the committee’s chair for 2017. Bruce will take over as chair in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, and serve for one year. She will also serve a one-year term on the AFBF board of directors.
Kalena and her husband, Billy, have a cow-calf farm and agri-tourism venture, inviting the public to pick their own strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. In the fall, the Bruces offer a pumpkin patch and corn maze. They have a two-year-old daughter, Willa Grace.
Bruce’s national leadership post is rooted in involvement with Farm Bureau at the county level, where she has served on the county board of directors for six years and as secretary for the past three years.
“Our county Farm Bureau is very active on many levels—in the community, with Ag in the Classroom and politically,” Bruce said, adding that during her time as national chair and well beyond, she intends to remain committed to working on agriculture and Farm Bureau’s behalf in her county and state.
As chair, Bruce said she’ll lead the committee in ensuring young farmer and rancher participants across the country see the national committee as the strong resource it is.
“On the county and state level, we want young farmers and ranchers to understand the many ways in which we work for and support them,” Bruce 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 realize their full potential as leaders in agriculture and Farm Bureau.
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