Smith: The American Farm Bureau Federation is holding its first-ever County Leader Week, March 12-16. The new program is designed to foster leadership development at the county level by bringing training right to Farm Bureau members. Elise Stoddard, Director of Organization Development at AFBF, says the training will be completely online and bring the program right to the homes, farms, and ranches of Farm Bureau members.
Stoddard: County Leader Week is a week full of online engagement activities held on Facebook Live. Each day has a specific topic and we’ll be discussing things like a well-rounded county Farm Bureau board member.
Smith: The County Leader Week Program is designed for Farm Bureau members who either want to someday serve on county boards, or for those who have done so in the past.
Stoddard: County Leader Week is for anyone who is a Farm Bureau member who is interested in serving Farm Bureau at their county board level or beyond, and also state and county staff.
Smith: The online training sessions will cover a variety of different topics.
Stoddard: Participants are going to hear from different area experts every day during County Leader Week, following five different pathways. The first is being a county Farm Bureau board member, so that’s roles and responsibilities, the second is governance, the third is planning, the fourth is advocacy and policy development, and the fifth is the membership cycle.
Smith: Farm Bureau members, as well as state and county staff, who participate by liking and commenting on the Facebook posts are eligible to win prizes. Those prizes include a $100 gift card and $500 for the county Farm Bureau of the member’s choice. Chad Smith, Washington.
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