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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.

“Today’s farmers and agriculturists must take the lead to be advocates for their farms and agribusinesses. The Institute gives participants the skills and confidence necessary to lead the future of farming and agriculture in their county Farm Bureau, local community and beyond,” said Wendy Kannel, Director of Training and Leadership Development for Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Members of the 2018 Farm Bureau Leadership Institute class are:  Savannah Brown, Black River Falls; Neil Christianson, Shawano; Andrew Dal Santo, Platteville; Pam Debele, Brookfield; Scott Eastwood, Sun Prairie; Jeff Huber, Wisconsin Dells; Rob Klussendorf, Medford; Corey Kuchta, Coleman; Jamie Marx, Wausau; Erica Olson, Black River Falls; Kayla Pagenkopf, Elk Mound; Jennifer Riederer, Reedsville; Amanda Sandmire, Omro; Nate Zimdars, Ripon; Amanda Zuehls-Kuchar, Montello.

The Leadership Institute consists of five multi-day sessions which provide hands-on learning on agriculture issues, leadership development and speaking skills, interaction with Farm Bureau and government leaders and staff at the state and national levels and networking with other participants. The class capstone event will be a trip, with the WFBF Board of Directors, to Washington, D.C. in June 2019.

Farm Bureau members interested in applying for 2019 Leadership Institute class may contact Wendy Kannel at 608-828-5719 or email wkannel@wfbf.com.

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