Sarah Ison

The American Farm Bureau Federation recently honored eight outstanding young farm and ranch leaders as graduates of the organization’s 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. PAL is designed to help agricultural leaders accelerate their engagement abilities and solidify their roles as advocates for agriculture. Among the graduates is Clermont County Farm Bureau board member Sarah Ison, of Moscow.

“PAL builds a knowledge base of which you can go forward and apply. It connects you with a network of individuals who recognize and encourage your strengths to blossom while challenging you beyond what you though was possible,” Ison said.

Ison joins fellow graduates David Hafner, Florida; James Henderson, Colorado; Beth Hodge, New Hampshire; Jenny Holtermann, California; Matthew McClanahan, Tennessee; Derek Orth, Wisconsin; and Kyle Wilson, Utah.

“The work and commitment that PAL graduates put into this program is commendable,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “Their dedication to advocating on agricultural issues will benefit rural communities at the local, state and national level.”  

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, Farm Credit and Bayer CropScience. To be eligible for the program, candidates must be between the ages of 30 and 45, with demonstrated leadership skills.

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