Jonathan and Alyssa Zucker

Congratulations to Jonathan and Alyssa Zucker from Marion County on being selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers committee. As representatives of our region for a two-year term, they fill one of 16 positions to help plan YF&R activities and coordinate competitive events.

Farm Bureau National Program Committees Welcome New Members

WASHINGTON, December 19, 2022 – Many Americans prioritize sharing their time, talents and expertise in local communities, with about one in four volunteering each year, according to surveys. This includes Farm Bureau farmer and rancher leaders, who serve on governing boards and committees at local, state and national levels.

Several newly appointed volunteers will provide leadership beginning in 2023 as farmer and rancher members of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers committees.

“Engaging with consumers and elected leaders to build trust while sharing agriculture’s story and advancing leadership skills are important foundations of national program committee work,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “We welcome these newly appointed Farm Bureau members.”

Duvall announced the appointment of the following members to the P&E Committee to two-year terms starting in April: Heidi Cooper, Massachusetts (turkeys, chickens, beef cattle, hogs and sheep); Julie Stephenson, Michigan (seed and commodity production of corn, soybeans and wheat, and fresh market produce); Nate Schlief, North Dakota (beef cattle, hay/feed); and Lynn Leahy, Wisconsin (potatoes). Alan Clark, Idaho (beef cattle, alfalfa, malt barley and wheat) was reappointed for a two-year term.

Ten individuals representing qualifying Farm Bureau Promotion & Education states make up the P&E Committee. Its mission is to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau to convey the significance of agriculture.

Duvall announced the appointment of the following members to the YF&R Committee for the 2023-2025 term beginning in February: Kevin Lussier, Florida (beef cattle, dairy cattle and cheese production); Kaylee Heap, Illinois (pumpkins, squash, gourds, flowers, mums, soybeans and corn); Joe and Katelyn Packard, Michigan (dairy cattle, corn, alfalfa, wheat and forage crops); Jason and Caitlin Keck, Minnesota (beef cattle, hay, corn, soybeans and produce); Andrew and Clarissa Cauthorn, Missouri (corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and beef cattle); Sophia Lilly, North Carolina (wine grapes, blueberries and figs); Jonathan and Alyssa Zucker, Ohio (corn and soybeans); and Ben and Haily Sand, Wisconsin (rye, corn, soybeans, sweet corn, pumpkins and squash).

The YF&R Committee is made up of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. An individual or couple may hold each committee appointment. Committee members are responsible for program planning, which includes the coordination of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s convention each January, and the Harvest for All program.

National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. Learn more online: Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers.

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
Mandy Way's avatar
Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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