Sally Turpin, Ex-officio member of the WFBF YFA Committee and American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee member
Farm Bureau members since 2010
Why do you value your Farm Bureau membership?
I appreciate the networking opportunities as well as being able to stay up to date with agricultural issues and advocating for those issues with legislators.
What has been your favorite Farm Bureau program/event/etc. and why?
I really enjoyed the WFBF Leadership Institute. I not only learned a lot about the legislative process and further developed my leadership skills but got to know an awesome group of people from across the state. It really opened my eyes to the opportunities available in the organization.
What would you tell YFA members about getting involved in the YFA program?
Be willing to take that next step. When I joined Farm Bureau, I never guessed I would end up serving on a national committee. It started by simply attending events, then eventually stepping up as a county YFA chair and it grew from there.
Tell us about your experience on the YF&R Committee. How long have you been a committee member? What are your responsibilities?
I have been a committee member since 2020. Obviously, last year looked a little different than normal, but the YF&R Committee helps facilitate the program for members at a national level, including planning and implementing the YF&R/FUSION Conferences, running leadership contests at AFBF Annual Convention, connecting with state chairs, as well as hosting our new monthly YF&R Connect meetings, open to all young farmer members. Currently, I’m serving as the Leadership Conference Subcommittee Chair and helping plan our YF&R Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in February.
Best words of advice/words of wisdom?
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Take advantage of the opportunities that come along in life; you never know where those opportunities might lead.
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