Why do you value your Farm Bureau membership?
Brady: It has provided me with a lot of unique opportunities, and I have met a lot of cool people.
Kat: Being a Farm Bureau member is one of the best investments I have ever made in myself and in agriculture. It has provided me with opportunities to grow and develop my leadership and advocacy skills. I have met so many different people who have become part of my Farm Bureau family. My membership also helps make the organization a respected voice for agriculture.
What has been your favorite Farm Bureau program/event/etc. and why?
Brady: WFBF Annual Meeting. I enjoy networking with other farmers from across the state.
Kat: One of my favorite programs in Farm Bureau is the WFBF Leadership Institute. You develop lifelong friendships with a group of people who you know will be there for you and push you to be the best you can be. The program pushes you out of your comfort zone and you become a better advocate for agriculture because of it.
What would you tell YFA members about getting involved in the YFA program?
Brady: Being involved in YFA helps you meet many cool people and have many neat experiences.
Kat: I believe Wisconsin has one of the best YFA programs in the country. We have so many different opportunities for involvement, and you can get so much out of it. You definitely won’t regret being involved.
Best words of advice or words of wisdom?
Brady: You get out of it what you put into it.
Kat: Life can get hectic but try to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves because you never know when you will have that opportunity again.
This spotlight originally appeared in the August | September 2022 Rural Route.