(Jamie) Welcome to Farm Factor! Let’s join Kyle and Terry as they discuss leadership development.
(Kyle) Hi this is Kyle Bauer, have the opportunity to visit with Terry Holdren. He is CEO of Kansas Farm Bureau. Terry one of the unsung services that Kansas Farm Bureau does for Kansas agriculture is leadership development. That really doesn’t just happen. (Terry) No, you’re right. It’s one of the missions that we have in educating and equipping the next generation of farmers and ranchers to lead. Over the years we’ve seen folks move through our Young Farmer’s Program into our other leadership… or Service Commodity Advisory Committee is another one that we use to develop leaders. And on to things even outside of Farm Bureau. We typically in those programs always say, we don’t expect you to always serve only Farm Bureau once you go home and become a School Board Member, or become a City Council or County Commission. Because those are important positions in those communities. Or even if you’re interested in and have a desire to step up and serve in the State Legislature, we’ve seen lots of folks become policy makers at those levels over the years. So, it’s a great opportunity for us as an organization to build the next generation of Kansas leadership. Especially in rural communities there’s folks who will step up and lead those populations of people. (Kyle) Well, it’s amazing to me though to watch the nurturing of it. It doesn’t look like a step-by-step leadership development program, but it certainly ends up being that way. And it’s really a nurturing. (Terry) It is and we try to take lots of different approaches to kind of meet people where their interests are and where their abilities and time availability exists. We have several programs that are stretched over the course of a year, so you can engage in a year long training program. We just launched one a year ago called Leadership KFB. We have one of a kind of programs where you can spend one or two days becoming better equipped to do communication kind of programs and spokesperson type activities. Or even we’ve started including leadership development components in most of our committees inside the organization. So you can serve on a committee focused on environmental issues, or commodity specific issues, the beef committee or the sheep and goat committee, or whatever it is and you can along the way pick up leadership development tools and opportunities there. So it’s a great way to just build that value into the things that other folks that are members are already doing and already engaging in. (Kyle) One thing with agriculture, almost every issue affects agriculture in some way, whether it’s transportation or environmental or labor or immigration. But because of that there’s all these different areas of interest people can work within Farm Bureau. (Terry) Certainly. If you just think about the cycle of commodities as you plant or raise livestock from the very beginning stages of that production cycle all the way through what goes on the grocery store shelves, we were hit by regulations or by issues that are policy related all along that life cycle or that production cycle. So, there’s lots of ways people can engage environmental issues, commodity issues, transportation issues, other regulatory kinds of places that folks can engage all throughout that cycle. So, it’s a great way to just get involved and advocate for the industry. (Kyle) We’re visiting with Terry Holdren. He is the CEO of Kansas Farm Bureau. This is Kyle Bauer reporting. Back to you Jamie.
(Jamie) Folks, stay with us – Kyle will be back with Ryan Flickner, Senior Director of Public Policy for Kansas Farm Bureau.