It was an honor to attend the AFBF Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky February 25-28th. It truly was “A Triple Crown of Agriculture” experience. There were about 800 young farmers and ranchers in attendance from all over the U.S. that were there to represent their home and industry. It isn’t until you leave your own country roads that you really understand what it means to be Farm Bureau proud. Our organization is made up of so many incredible people!
I had the amazing opportunity to connect with the other YF&R chairs from across our great nation
On Friday afternoon in a networking session. There we learned ways to engage our members and get to know one another better. We also learned how to utilize our strengths as a leader in our state and counties as well as emphasize the leadership qualities in our team members to increase our overall success as a bureau. This session was facilitated by Rachel Kagay, farmer and certified strengths coach. She challenged us to step out of our comfort zones, get up and speak and to truly engage with other state chairs. With newfound friendships blossoming we were released from the gate with connections to others that continued to grow throughout the weekend events!
At general sessions we heard from YF&R past and present chairs, Kentucky’s Farm Bureau President, FFA, 4H, MANRRS representatives and from Dr. Delatorro McNeal II, a Peak Performance speaker and founder of Platinum Performance Global. He encouraged us to be ourselves and improve one percent each day!
We also heard from Braxten Nielson from Utah, a former rodeo athlete and inspirational speaker who spoke about hard, work and never giving up, his motto being “We were born to succeed.” We also sat in on a session with Michelle Miller the “Farm Babe” who had a discussion with us about different perceptions in agriculture and influences on policy. She encouraged us to spread positivity about farming and how to address mis/disinformation!
Before heading back home to Vermont we attended another general session where my appointment to the National Committee was announced along with those I am proud to be serving with the next two years. I head down to DC at the end of April to begin my journey and training for the National Committee.
The National Committee is made up of 16 members from across the U.S. Here is more information about what it means to be a National member, what it is and who was appointed with me: www.fb.org/newsroom/new-grassroots-members-appointed-to-farm-bureau-national-committees.