By Sunny Andersen and Cyndie Shearing
The American Farm Bureau Federation developed the Companions in Advocacy Management program in 2004 to create advocates for agriculture and speed up private improvement for engaged members of the group. Program graduates are ready to step ahead and promote points vital to these within the farm-to-consumer meals chain. This text is the fourth in a sequence profiling chosen graduates of this system.
April Clayton obtained an undergraduate diploma in biochemistry from Florida State College and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the College of California, Davis. Her levels go hand-in-hand with the methods and strategies utilized in meals evaluation, which she implements on her household’s apple and cherry orchard in Washington state.
Clayton shares her experience about agriculture, together with crop safety chemical compounds, with legislators, members of the information media and her group.
She is a member of PAL Class 9.
Elizabeth Quesnell Kohtz owns and operates a milk high quality laboratory and offers veterinary providers for an Idaho dairy farm with 20,000 cows in six areas and three heifer ranches. Kohtz obtained a physician of veterinary medication diploma from Washington State College. She grew up on a dairy farm and all the time wished to be a veterinarian. When she was 4 years previous, she obtained a medical doctors’ package from Santa for Christmas and instantly took it exterior to deal with all of the animals.
Her diploma, dairy farm background and farming together with her dad offered her with invaluable classes and experiences to be a trusted advisor and marketing consultant.
She is a member of PAL Class 7.
Megan Seibel is the founding director of Virginia’s grownup agricultural management coaching program (VALOR) and an Extension specialist. Whereas in PAL, Seibel obtained a grasp’s diploma in profession and technical training and later a Ph.D. in agricultural and Extension training.
Each of Seibel’s superior levels instantly relate to the way in which she designs stakeholder engagement and outreach efforts as a part of programming and for the fellows’ management experiences.
Seibel is energetic on each volunteer (Farm Bureau) and appointed statewide agricultural trade boards.
She is a member of PAL Class 4.
Julie White at present serves as an Extension affiliate for the Mississippi State College Extension Service and coordinates an agricultural literacy program referred to as FARMtastic. This system permits White the chance to journey throughout the state instructing second- by means of fourth-grade college students the place their meals and garments come from.
White has a Ph.D. in agriculture and Extension training. She makes use of the information and expertise she has gained over time to handle the household cattle herd. White enjoys instructing her kids the significance of the issues they do on the farm in hopes that they may need to be part of it sooner or later.
She is a member of PAL Class 8.
Terisha Driggs holds a Juris Doctorate and says, “I didn’t select to be a lawyer, it selected me.” She is the authorized division at her household’s Arizona micro farm and notes that it is extremely vital to know legal responsibility, statutes and different rules that may have a big effect in your operation. Her regulation coaching helps her perceive every thing from complying with nest run egg producer statues to water adjudication that the farm is at present concerned in. (The Arizona Division of Agriculture regulates nest run egg producers. Every of those small producers might market as much as 750 dozen unwashed and ungraded eggs per 12 months.)
Driggs finds she has a singular perspective with regards to advocating as a result of she understands very complicated laws that may have big impacts on the way forward for agriculture. Realizing “lawyer converse” helps her decipher issues that appear innocuous however can have detrimental impacts.
“A complicated diploma doesn’t make you higher, smarter or extra profitable,” says Driggs, who believes any diploma can apply to agriculture. Additional, “Training is what you make of it,” she says. “I do know some wonderful individuals which might be very educated about an trade by means of expertise, willpower, trial and error.”
Driggs is a member of PAL Class 8.
Sunny Andersen, a senior at California Polytechnic State College, San Luis Obispo, just lately concluded a summer time internship within the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Communications Division. Cyndie Shearing is a director of communications at AFBF.