Why do you value your Farm Bureau membership?
We value the people that we have met through Farm Bureau. From Colorado honeybee farmers to strengthening relationships within your county, the network of people is really what makes Farm Bureau the most valuable. As a couple, we enjoy being able to participate in leadership development opportunities to better ourselves. We also find a lot of value in the relationship with Rural Mutual Insurance and all the wonderful membership discounts.
What has been your favorite Farm Bureau program/event/etc and why?
We, of course, love the state Young Farmer and Agriculturist conference and all that it offers in terms of competitions and learning experiences. On the county level, we really enjoy some of the summer outings. One of our favorites was last year’s Brewer’s trip. It does not get more exciting than a bus trip with members that share similar interests.
What would you tell YFA members about getting involved in the YFA program?
Stay after the meeting and go get ice cream. Meetings and events are great, but often the stories that remain come from the time spent gathering after the meeting.
Best words of advice/words of wisdom.
Get involved in your community. There are many programs that need the next generation to continue the traditions. Young farmers make up a small percentage of the population. We are stronger and better when we can get together. Along the way, you are likely to make relationships that will last a lifetime.
Spotlight originally appeared in the June | July 2023 Rural Route.