Buck graduates from AFBF leadership class

Emily Buck of Marion County was one of nine young farm and ranch leaders from across the country who graduated March 1 from American Farm Bureau Federation’s eighth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. The young agricultural leaders were recognized during AFBF’s Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

PAL provides advanced training to Farm Bureau’s rising stars, with the goal of developing powerful advocates for agriculture and cultivating leaders who can help the organization advance its policy goals.

“I am proud of the work that PAL graduates put into this program,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “They understand that farmers and ranchers need to keep telling our stories if we want to be at the heart of shaping policies that affect our farms and our nation’s food security.”

State Trustee Mike Poling congratulates Emily Buck on her graduation from the PAL program.
State Trustee Mike Poling congratulates Emily Buck on her graduation from the PAL program.

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.

Buck is an associate professor of agricultural communications at Ohio State University and was recently named to the next class of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s Faces of Farming and Ranching program. She was OFBF’s 2013 Ohio Excellence in Agriculture award winner and finished in the top three at the national level. She and her husband, John, have a grain and sheep farm in Marion County.

AFBF is accepting online nominations from state Farm Bureaus for the organization’s next PAL class through March 3.

CAPTION: Marion County Farm Bureau member Emily Buck, center, graduated from AFBF’s Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. Class members are pictured with American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, far right.