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AFBF to Celebrate County Leader Week

Podcast / Newsline March 28, 2019

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The American Farm Bureau Federation will celebrate County Leader Week from April 1 through April 5. Micheal Clements has more.

Clements: County Leader Week celebrates and helps develop Farm Bureau leaders at the county level. Elise Stoddard, AFBF managing director of leadership development, says the event helps leaders connect with others to expand their skills.

Stoddard: Farm Bureau leaders are community leaders and often times we’re stretched thin with lots of other obligations and responsibilities. So, County Leader Week is a great way to take bite-sized developments, 15 minutes to an hour each day, and just take some time for yourself to develop as a leader in Farm Bureau, but then also in turn affect positive change in your communities as well.

Clements: Stoddard says County Leader Week will feature Facebook events at 1:00 p.m. ET each day covering a variety of topics on leadership.

Stoddard: The topics that we’ll discuss next week range from governance, how to govern a county board effectively, to planning, how to get the most out of your planning schedule and program of activities, advocacy, which is all about policy development and advocating for those policies that Farm Bureau creates and then also membership, which is pretty exciting.

Clements: In addition to Facebook interviews, there will be podcasts and other opportunities to connect with Farm Bureau leaders and staff from across the country. Stoddard encourages all county leaders to participate.

Stoddard: Whether you’ve been on a board for two weeks or 20 years, it’s important to invest in your own development, and County Leader Week gives you the opportunity to do that through the comfort of your own home.

Clements: Find the County Leader Week schedule online at and tune in next week on AFBF’s Facebook page. Micheal Clements, Washington.

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