The national committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. An individual or a couple may hold each committee position.
Turpin is also a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee.
“I have had many great experiences through Farm Bureau that have allowed me to learn more about the legislative process, advocate for agriculture and meet new friends while traveling,” said Turpin. “I’m excited to build on my Farm Bureau involvement.”
Turpin grew up on her family’s dairy farm, where they now raise beef cattle. After graduating from UW-Madison, where she double majored in agronomy and animal science, Turpin worked as an agronomist for several years and then as a dairy consultant for the past six years. She is now an energy services representative for WPPI Energy. In her spare time, Turpin enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking and running with Team Beef.
Committee members are responsible for YF&R Program planning, which includes the coordination of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s Annual Convention each January. They also provide support in planning and implementing AFBF’s biennial FUSION Conference for Farm Bureau volunteer leaders involved in YF&R, Women’s Leadership, and Promotion & Education.
“Sally’s experience as a member of the WFBF Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee makes her the perfect candidate for this position,” said WFBF Senior Director of Member Relations Wendy Kannel. “She will bring new and creative ideas along with a passion for the agriculture industry.”
Other appointees to the YF&R Committee are: Jocelyn Anderson, California; Ben Cagle, Georgia; Eric and April Castle, Kansas; Jon Iverson, Oregon; Dean and Sara Hutto, South Carolina; and Kenny and Jamila McFarland, Utah.
National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. They study farm and food policy issues, participate in leadership training exercises and hone other professional skills during their tenure as committee members.
Derek and Charisse Orth of the Grant County Farm Bureau were the last Wisconsin YFA members to serve on the national committee from 2017 to 2019.
The American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture.