KFB Leadership Conference

(Jill) Hello, I’m Jill Casten, Senior Director of Training and Education at Kansas Farm Bureau and very excited that we’re wrapping up our first class of Leadership Kansas Farm Bureau, here at the KFB Annual Meeting. Leadership KFB was a program that we started in 2015 with ten participants in our first class. We took those ten leaders who were selected through an application process and took them across the state. We had five different sessions held in various cities across the state with the purpose being really two fold. One, to develop their personal leadership, development, capacities, communications skills. But then the second piece is getting to know Kansas agriculture a little bit better through a different lens. (Lexy) I’m Lexy Goyer from Winfield, Kansas, and I’m excited to have just finished up the first year of Leadership KFB. I don’t do a lot on our farm as far as driving tractors and things like that. So, an opportunity like this is where I feel like that’s what I can give to the farm. I can help promote agriculture and be an advocate for agriculture by doing things like this off of the farm, which I think help in turn back at home on the farm. And then we wrapped it all up with a visit to D.C. where we put our leadership skills that we had learned throughout the year process, we kind of put that all into action and went up on the hill and visited with our Senators and Representatives. (Jill) And I think that was a highlight for many of the class to get to, to get a national perspective on agriculture and issues that we’ll be facing and seeing them not only here in our state but back in their communities. So, as we wrap up our class in 2015 we’re also really excited for class number two which will start in January of 2016. (Steve) My name is Steve McCloud. I’m from Harvey County, I live north of Newton in the central part of the state. I’m honored to be part of the second Leadership KFB class. I’ve been a part of Kansas Farm Bureau for a number of years, serving on the Resolutions Committee and the County Board and so forth. The reason I think this is important is once again, needing to raise a new generation if you will, of agricultural advocates, those who are willing to tell our story, not only in our local communities but statewide and even on a national basis. So, that’s the reason I think it’s important and I think it continues to be and will only be more important in the future. (Jill) We’ll continue this program with Kansas Farm Bureau and be on the lookout for more information. We tend to put out the new dates for the new class in late August and applications are due each year on October 1st. So, we’ll kind of continue that cycle and look forward to surfacing and developing leaders from various counties throughout the state to plug back into not only Farm Bureau, but throughout our industry across the state. (Steve) As important as it is now it will continue to be and only grow more important to tell our story. I think it’s important that others join the program, be willing to put themselves forward for the training and then hopefully become advocates for agriculture.

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