In an effort to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau members to convey the significance of agriculture, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has appointed farmer and rancher members to the organization’s new national Promotion & Education Committee.
AFBF President Bob Stallman announced the appointment of the following members to the committee: Phyllis Couture, West Valley, New York (greenhouses); Melinda Groth, Houston, Minnesota (dairy cattle and crops); Chris Hoffman, McAllisterville, Pennsylvania (hogs and poultry); Hilary Maricle, Albion, Nebraska (beef cattle, hogs and crops); Renee McCauley, Lowell, Michigan (dairy cattle and crops); Teribeth Spargo, Naylor, Missouri (crops); and Val Wagner, Monango, North Dakota (crops and beef cattle).
Hoffman was appointed to a two-year term as chair of the committee; Wagner was appointed to a two-year term as vice chair.
“People today are more interested than ever in where their food comes from,” Stallman said. “The members of the national Promotion & Education Committee will fill an important role in bridging the gap between farmers and consumers by providing tools and resources to other Farm Bureau members who are eager to help share agriculture’s story.”
The national committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus and will support and encourage state Farm Bureau volunteers to participate in projects and activities by providing resources for programs, communicating with state leaders and contributing collaborative ideas.