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Posted on: December 21, 2017

American Farm Bureau Federation Selects New National Committee Members

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Whitney Farr

AFBF Seats New National Committee Members

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 21, 2017 – The American Farm Bureau Federation has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s Young Farmers & Ranchers and Promotion & Education committees.

“Grassroots volunteer leaders, such as those who serve on national committees, are the bedrock of Farm Bureau,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “They play an important role in building greater understanding between modern farmers and consumers.”

Duvall announced the appointment of the following members to the YF&R Committee for the 2018-2020 term beginning in March: Nick Smith, Cushing, Maine (hay, beef cattle, pumpkins and squash); Paul Molesky Jr., Schaghticoke, New York (operations manager on a 2,500-cow dairy farm); Dan and Kelly Snipes, Rochester, Indiana (corn, soybeans, high-oleic soybeans, wheat and alfalfa); Jarrod and Sarah Bowser, Mayetta, Kansas (crops and beef cattle); Kacie Luckett, Pride, Louisiana (specialty crops); Rachel Pickens, Stillwater, Oklahoma (beef cattle); and Whitney and Lynne Farr, Reidville, South Carolina (beef cattle, row crops and a custom planting, cultivation and harvesting business).

The YF&R Committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. An individual or couple may hold each committee appointment. Committee members are responsible for program planning, which includes the coordination of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s Annual Convention each January and the Harvest for All program.

Duvall announced the appointment of the following members to the P&E Committee for two-year terms starting in 2018: Debra Durheim, Long Prairie, Minnesota (purebred swine, sheep, beef cattle and crops); Mary Fischer, Rockville, Missouri (beef cattle and crops); and Patti Fisher, Madrid, New York (dairy cattle and crops).

The P&E Committee is comprised of 10 individuals representing qualifying Farm Bureau Promotion & Education states. The committee strives to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau members to convey the significance of agriculture. Committee members support and encourage state Farm Bureau volunteers to participate in projects and activities by providing resources for programs, communicating with state leaders and contributing collaborative ideas.

National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. Learn more online: Young Farmers & Ranchers, and Promotion & Education,

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