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WFBF Selects Participants of Farm Bureau Institute
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/21/2016

Fifteen state agricultural leaders have been selected to participate in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Institute class, which is a year-long leadership training program aimed at developing strong and effective county Farm Bureau leaders.

"Today's farmers and agriculturists must take the lead to be advocates for their farms and agribusinesses," said Wendy Kannel, WFBF's director of training and leadership development. "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."

Members of the 2017 Farm Bureau Institute class include: Peter Badtke, Ripon; Sean Beres, Waukesha; Shane Goplin, Osseo; Jack Herricks, Cashton; Tina Holst, Chilton; Reuben Hopp, Waupun; Paul Jarvis, Wautoma; James Juedes, Ringle; Hallie Metcalf, Janesville; Carmen Montgomery, Argyle; Cassie Olson, Black River Falls; Julie Orth, Lancaster; Heidi Pettis, Clintonville; Jessica Stemper, Manitowoc; and Becky Wellnitz, Brodhead.

The group will meet in January and focus on public speaking, etiquette, and identifying personality and leadership skills. Subsequent sessions will focus media and advocacy training, running effective meetings, the structure and function of Farm Bureau, being a creative leader, the workings of local and state government and future national and international 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, D.C. in 2018.

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