Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington has been selected to be a part of the eighth class of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, a two-year, high-level program that includes intense, in-person and hands-on training.
The PAL program takes 10 young farmers and ranchers who have already begun their personal development journey and focuses on moving them to the next level. The curriculum is designed to be of a high-level, executive type that provides participants with unique opportunities to represent agriculture when opportunities arise in the media, on speaking circuits or in testimonial arenas.
“Dr. Buck brings a wealth of talents with her in all that she does on behalf of Ohio agriculture and Ohio Farm Bureau,” said Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals coordinator. “We are excited for her opportunity to continue developing her leadership skills and know she will represent Ohio Farm Bureau well.”
Buck is an associate professor of agricultural communications at Ohio State University. She and her husband John farm approximately 1,000 acres of corn, wheat and soybeans in Marion County where she serves on the county Farm Bureau board and as communication action team leader. Buck also raises a flock of Southdown sheep. She was the 2013 Ohio Excellence in Agriculture award winner and 2014 finalist in the national competition, where she finished in the top three, making her eligible to apply for AFBF’s PAL program.