Farm Bureau Leadership Academy Group Visits D.C.

LINCOLN – Several Nebraska Farm Bureau counties were recently represented in Washington, D.C. for their Leadership Academy training.

According to a release from the Farm Bureau, the Leadership Academy offers a yearlong leadership training program to help individuals with personal growth and development, public speaking skills, and training on how to advocate for Nebraska’s farm and ranch families.

The trip out east focused on eliminating the digital divide between rural and urban America and growing international markets for Nebraska agricultural products. Today, nearly one third of rural Americans don’t have access to broadband internet service in their homes as compared to four percent of urban Americans who lack broadband access.

Growing markets for Nebraska agricultural goods was also on the list of issues touched on by Leadership Academy members. The group specifically shared the importance of Congress passing legislation to enact the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), as well as offering support for securing a bi-lateral trade deal with Japan and the desire for a meaningful trade deal to be reached with China.

A group of 10 represented 11 different Nebraska Farm Bureau counties who participated in the trip to Washington, D.C.

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Jolene Dunbar – Taylor, Neb (Loup County Farm Bureau)

Samantha Dyer – Crawford, Neb (Dawes County Farm Bureau)

Matthew Erickson – Johnson, Neb (Johnson County Farm Bureau)

Tyrell Fickenscher – Axtell, Neb (Kearney/Franklin County Farm Bureau)

Kathie Martindale – Brewster, Neb (Blaine County Farm Bureau)

Krista Podany – Verdigre, Neb (Knox County Farm Bureau)

Cherie Priest – Ainsworth, Neb (Brown County Farm Bureau)

Adam Rathman – Wood River, Neb (Hall County Farm Bureau)

Owen Seamann – Spalding, Neb (Wheeler County Farm Bureau)

Brenda Jean Wendt – Bristow, Neb (Boyd County Farm Bureau)