The American Farm Bureau Federation honored 15 farm and ranch leaders as graduates of the organization’s eleventh annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp, including Wisconsin’s own Andrea Brossard.
“The Women’s Communications Boot Camp was one of the best experiences I’ve had so far through Farm Bureau,” Brossard said. “I’m honored to have been selected to participate. I took away skills and knowledge I felt empowered to use immediately to become a better advocate for agriculture.”
The Women’s Communications Boot Camp is an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying and messaging.
Brossard is an owner of her family’s 300 cow dairy, Brossard Dairy Farm, LLC in Beaver Dam. She is the third generation on the farm and recently started raising beef cows with her husband Mason Rens.
She is the Dodge County Farm Bureau secretary and treasurer and previous chair of the state Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee. Brossard is a member of the state Promotion and Education Committee. She is a graduate of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute. Brossard and Rens are also former state Achievement Award winners.
“Women’s Communication Boot Camp is the experience of a lifetime,” said Sherry Saylor, an Arizona row crop farmer and chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. “Graduates of this program are persuasive and effective advocates for agriculture, with a passion for connecting with influencers at the local, state and national levels.”
Brossard’s fellow boot camp graduates are: Magen Allen, Arkansas; Danielle Burch, Ohio; Jodi DeHate, Michigan; Gimmie Jo Jansonius, Kansas; Sine Kerr, Arizona; Bonnie LaTourette, Pennsylvania; Renee McPherson, North Carolina; Paula Peterson, Nebraska; Cindy Ramsey, Indiana; Ruth Scruton, New Hampshire; Cala Tabb, Mississippi; Laura Vaught, Tennessee; Andi Vincent, Washington state; and Sara Wayne, West Virginia.