Tim and Danielle Clark of Beaver Dam have been appointed by the American Farm Bureau Federation to its Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2015-2017 term beginning in March.
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.
“We are honored to represent young farmers and agriculturists on this national committee,” Tim Clark said. “We are excited to work with other farmers to grow the next generation of leaders in American agriculture.”
“We look forward to the leadership experience we look to gain and bring back to our local and state Farm Bureau,” Danielle Clark added.
Tim Clark recently completed a three-year term on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee. He served as chairman in 2014.
Tim Clark is a district sales manager for Dairyland Seed, covering Adams, Dane, Columbia, Juneau, Richland and Sauk counties. He and Danielle (formerly Hammer) married this past summer and own a herd of more than 40 beef cattle in Beaver Dam. Both are fifth generation farmers. Danielle Clark is a clean fuels and vehicle technologies coordinator for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin.
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 bi-annual FUSION Conference for Farm Bureau volunteer leaders involved in YF&R, Women’s Leadership, and Promotion & Education.
“Farm Bureau’s YF&R Committee members play a vital role in advocating for agriculture while further building their leadership abilities,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “The commitment and quality of the young agriculturalists who volunteer to serve are always impressive, and this year is no different. It’s clear that the future of farming and ranching is in good hands.”
Other new members of the committee include: Cole and Sammie Coxbill, Wyoming (crops and beef cattle); Jamie Cruz, Massachusetts (vegetables, berries and livestock); Jonathan and Lara Dinsmore, Arizona (vegetables, hay and grain); Latham and Katie Farley, Ohio (grain and hogs); Jared Finegan, Illinois (corn, soybeans and wheat); Tim and Katherine Franklin, Kansas (corn and wheat); and John and Dusty Reese, Utah (beef cattle).
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.
The Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes men and women between the ages of 18-35. Learn more online at http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=programs.yfr.home.
Follow Tim and Danielle Clark’s blog, Young Farmers with Old Values, at http://wfbf.com/author/tclark.
Rick Roden of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau was the last Wisconsin YFA member to serve on the national committee in 2012-13.