Ten farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska have been selected for Nebraska Farm Bureau’s 2014 Farm Bureau Leadership Academy.
This year’s theme is “Becoming the most influential YOU!” The selected farmers and ranchers will begin the program Jan. 30-31 in Kearney, said Kerry Hoffschneider, director of membership marketing for Nebraska Farm Bureau.
“This group of agricultural leaders are already great influencers in their circles. The goal of the academy is to take their already strong, God-given talents and to inspire them to connect their strengths and passions to opportunities of service within the federation and in-turn help positively impact their local communities and the state of Nebraska,” she said.
Academy members will participate in sessions on entrepreneurial thinking; understanding the county, state and national structure of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation and its grassroots network; policy issues important to agriculture; issue management; relationship building; presenting viewpoints and media/social media.
“We congratulate this group of diverse individuals and thank them for their willingness to step up and out of their comfort zone to learn more about how they can influence their community, state and world for the better,” said Hoffschneider.
Participants attend two-day seminars in January, Feb. 27-28 in Grand Island, March 27-28 in Lincoln and Aug. 21-22 in LaVista.
On Sept. 14-18, the group will travel to Washington, D.C., for visits with Nebraska’s Congressional delegation and federal agency representatives. Academy participants are expected to increase their leadership involvement in Farm Bureau upon completion of the program, Hoffschneider said.
The 2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau Leadership Academy members are:
Travis Anderson of Crawford is a member of the Dawes County Farm Bureau. He ranches with his wife, Nancy, and raises cow/calf yearlings and forage crops.
Shane Daniels of Mullen is a member of Cherry County Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Kristi, have an Angus cow/calf operation and breed calves to resell.
Amanda Fairley of Fairbury is a member of Jefferson County Farm Bureau. She farms with her husband, Dustin, and they operate a custom farming business where they custom apply anhydrous ammonia, custom drill/plant, custom harvest silage and harvest row crops. They farm and raise corn, soybeans and certified wheat. She and her husband are also members of Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
Beth Fisher of Beaver City is a member of Furnas/Harlan County Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Treg, raise alfalfa, corn, milo, wheat and soybeans and have a small herd of breeding cattle.
Rebecca Graham of Belden is a member of the Cedar County Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Dallas, raise corn, soybeans and hay. They have a cow/calf herd and finish out feeder cattle.
Linda Grosserode of Oakdale is a member of Antelope County Farm Bureau. She and her children raise cattle and chickens and rent out the rest of her land that is used to raise corn and soybeans.
Clayton Hergott of Hebron is a member of Thayer County Farm Bureau. He runs about 35 bred female registered Simmental and a few Red Angus. He is a cost accountant for Reinke out of Deshler and is also an auctioneer at the local sale barn.
Eric Kamler of Geneva is a member of Fillmore County Farm Bureau. He farms with his parents and they raise seed corn, yellow corn, soybeans and grain sorghum. Additionally, he operates a small seed dealership.
Amanda Shuler of Culbertson is a member of Hitchcock County Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Blake, raise alfalfa and cane for cattle feed. They also sell SweetPro protein tubs for cattle.
Andrew Ward of Valentine is a member of Cherry County Farm Bureau. He has a small family operation with dryland farm ground, sub-irrigated meadows for hay production and cool and warm season pastures for grazing.