Fifteen emerging agricultural leaders have been selected to participate in the Farm Bureau Institute. The year-long leadership training program’s mission is to develop strong and effective agricultural leaders.
“Today’s farmers and agriculturists must take the lead and be advocates for their farms and agribusinesses. The Institute gives participants the skills and confidence necessary to lead the future of farming and agriculture in their county Farm Bureau, local community, and beyond,” said Dale Beaty, Farm Bureau’s Director of Training and Leadership Development.
Members of the 2015 Farm Bureau Institute class include: Amanda Carlson, Hartland; Jayne Dalton, Endeavor; Erin Daluge, Janesville; Hannah Gerbitz, Milton; Kelsi Mayer, Monroe; Sarah Sacker, Browntown; Taylor Schuetz, Brooklyn; Janet Clark, Rosendale; Kendra Raymond, Fond du Lac; Kim Vanden Avond, Green Bay; Susan Brugger, Rib Lake; William Litzer, Marathon; William Mueller, Wausau; Bradley Weber, Marshfield; and Randel Wokatsch, Marathon.
The Institute consists of five multi-day sessions which provide hands on learning on issues important to agriculture, development of leadership and speaking skills, interaction with Farm Bureau and governmental leaders and staff at the state and national levels, and networking with other participants. The first session begins in January and focuses on public speaking, etiquette, emotional intelligence and personality types. Subsequent sessions focus on media and advocacy training, running effective meetings, the structure and function of Farm Bureau, being a creative leader, the workings of local and state government, and future national and international ag issues. The class capstone event is a joint trip with the WFBF Board of Directors to Washington, D.C. in April, 2016.
Farm Bureau members interested in applying for 2016 Institute class may contact Dale Beaty at 608.828.5714 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.