Jake and Jennifer Hoewisch, District 7 WFBF YFA Committee Representatives
Farm Bureau members since 2012
Tell us a little bit about what you do as a career, your family, etc.
Jake is a fifth-generation dairy farmer on his family’s farm in Waupaca County. He completed the Farm Operations program at Fox Valley Technical College and is in the midst of a farm transition with his parents and uncle. Jennifer is a registered nurse at a hospital in Waupaca. We have two daughters, Adalynn who is 3.5 years and Everlee who is 8 months.
Why do you value your Farm Bureau membership?
Our Farm Bureau membership allows us to have a voice on important topics in our industry along with a large support system. Being a member gives us unique opportunities to meet people from around the country involved in different types of agriculture. This cultivates lasting friendships which we appreciate.
What has been your favorite Farm Bureau program/event/etc and why?
Our favorite event by far is the WFBF Annual Meeting and YFA Conference held in Wisconsin Dells. We have made so many connections during the event. Jake has participated in the Discussion Meet and served as a delegate for Waupaca County; both have been great experiences.
What would you tell YFA members about getting involved in the YFA program?
The YFA program has endless opportunities for leadership development, networking, communication development and learning more about governmental relations. We promise that whatever you put in to Farm Bureau and YFA, you will get back way more.
Best words of advice/words of wisdom?
Get involved! Each year be sure to set goals because the older you get the busier life gets. The opportunities and experiences that YFA can provide you with can’t be taken away and is a great way to help you achieve your goals. Don’t delay because the clock is ticking. Don’t forget that growth occurs outside of your comfort zone.
Spotlight originally appeared in the April|May 2022 Rural Route.