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.
Members of the 2013 Farm Bureau Institute class include: Michelle Backhaus, Appleton; Cindy Bourget, Elk Mound; Jennifer Brooks, Juda; Jennifer M. Digman, Dickeyville; Sheila Everhart, Janesville; Lisa Gantner, Belgium; Danielle Hammer, Beaver Dam; Charlie Knigge, Omro; Katie Mattison, Fond du Lac; Chris Pollack, Ripon; Crystal Pollack, Ripon; Doug Rebout, Janesville; Wayne Staidl, Peshtigo; Ashley Veldhuizen, Marshall; and Dave Wilke, Ripon.
The Institute members will first meet in January and focus on public speaking, etiquette, and identifying personality and leadership skills.
Subsequent sessions will focus on advocacy training, local and state government, Farm Bureau structure and function, and national and international future ag issues.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Institute consists of five multi-day sessions that provide insights on issues important to agriculture, development of leadership and speaking skills, interaction with Farm Bureau leaders and staff and those in the governmental and agricultural sectors, and networking with other participants
The class will also participate in the Farm Bureau Leader Fly-in to Washington, DC, in 2014.
Farm Bureau members interested in applying for the 2014 Farm Bureau Institute can contact Dale Beaty at 608-828-5714 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.