Why do you value your Farm Bureau membership?
Farm Bureau is a great way to be an advocate for agriculture since I’m no longer actively farming. It allows me to keep up to date on current agriculture issues and gives me a voice. I also enjoy the networking and the people you can meet. Through my time in Farm Bureau, I have met people with the same interest and passions as mine throughout the entire state.
What has been your favorite Farm Bureau program/event/etc and why?
I was surprised by the fact that the Discussion Meet has been one of my favorite Farm Bureau events. In my first year, I was ‘volun-told’ that I was going to represent Manitowoc County for the Discussion Meet and this was far outside my comfort zone. I was very nervous about doing it and I found out I enjoyed it! It allowed me to go outside my comfort zone, work on my public speaking skills, interact with my fellow YFA members, and research current issues in agriculture. The YFA contests are a great way for members to get involved and showcase their skills.
Attend as many events as you can! Life gets busy, but you will meet fantastic people through YFA events. You will learn new skills and be a part of a great community. YFA is such a great program and a fun way to be involved in Farm Bureau.
Tell us about your experience on the Committee. How long have you been a committee member? What are your responsibilities?
I just finished up my first year on the YFA Committee. It has been a great experience this first year. I represent District 6 and my responsibilities are to plan events for District 6 counties. I look forward to seeing what new events we can bring to the district in the next two years.
Best words of advice/words of wisdom?
Go outside your comfort zone! It’s hard at first, but you may be surprised at what you will enjoy!
This spotlight originally appeared in the February|March 2022 Rural Route.