Farm Bureau Honors PAL Graduates for Leadership Achievement
WASHINGTON – A group of 10 outstanding young farm and ranch leaders was honored today by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s seventh Partners in Agricultural Leadership class. The young agricultural leaders were recognized during AFBF’s Advocacy Conference. PAL is designed to help agricultural leaders accelerate their leadership abilities and solidify their roles as advocates for agriculture.
Row 1 (L to R): Joy Davis, Texas; Katie Heger, North Dakota; Jillian Beaty, Wisconsin; Shannon Douglass, California; and Stacey Forshee, Kansas. Row 2 (L to R): Joshua Geigle, South Dakota; Brandon Whitt, Tennessee; Elizabeth Kohtz, Idaho; Adam Hinton, Kentucky; and Jason Bunting, Illinois.
“This group of PAL graduates represents the very ‘best of the best’ among today’s farmers and ranchers,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “They are top-tier agricultural advocates, and we look forward to having them as vital contributors to our outreach efforts.”
Graduates of PAL Class 7 are: Jillian Beaty, Wisconsin; Jason Bunting, Illinois; Joy Davis, Texas; Shannon Douglass, California; Stacey Forshee, Kansas; Joshua Geigle, South Dakota; Katie Heger, North Dakota; Adam Hinton, Kentucky; Elizabeth Kohtz, Idaho; and Brandon Whitt, Tennessee.
To be eligible for the PAL program, applicants must have previously developed leadership skills built through participating in at least one Young Farmers & Ranchers program. This includes AFBF competitive events, Discussion Meet (“Sweet 16” finalist), Achievement Award (top 10 finalist) and Excellence in Agriculture Award (top 10 finalist). Retired members of the AFBF YF&R Committee and retired chairs of state Farm Bureau YF&R Committees also are eligible to apply.
PAL training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific leadership skills while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies. The modules build on one another over the two years of the program and include intense, in-person, hands-on training.
The PAL program is sponsored by AFBF, Agri-Pulse Communications, the Farm Credit System and Monsanto Company.