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State Farm Bureau Members Return from D.C. Leadership Trip
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/11/2019

A group of about 30 members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation returned from Washington, D.C., where they spent the past week advocating for Wisconsin farmers. The trip was part of the WFBF Leadership Institute, a year-long training program available to producer-members.

Participants met with the state's congressional delegation to discuss topics like trade, immigration reform, wolves, WOTUS, Whole Milk for Healthy for Kids Act and options for delayed planting problems. The group also heard from a variety of experts from the American Farm Bureau, several officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and visited the Canadian embassy.

Accompanied by the WFBF board of directors, the Leadership Institute graduates included Savannah Brown, Black River Falls; Neil Christianson, Shawano; Andrew Dal Santo, Platteville; Scott Eastwood, Sun Prairie; Jeff Huber, Wisconsin Dells; Rob Klussendorf, Medford; Lauren Kostello, Manitowoc; Corey Kuchta, Coleman; Jamie Marx, Oconto Falls; Erica Olson, Black River Falls; Amanda Volp, Omro; and Nate Zimdars, Ripon.

The leadership program consists of five multi-day sessions which provide hands-on learning on issues important to agriculture, development of leadership and speaking skills, interaction with Farm Bureau and governmental leaders and staff at the state and national levels and networking with other participants.

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