Bina gets PAL legislative training

Created: 3/26/12 (Mon) | Topic: Leadership

Rachel Bina of Lankin was in Washington, D.C. last week as part of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership class of 2012. (Bina is wearing the green shirt.)

Module B of the PAL program involves training in policy development and the legislative process.
Spring is a busy time on farms and ranches, but the PAL training was worth breaking away for, according to Heather Hill, a PAL class member and a hog producer from Indiana.
“We’ve been exposed to the inner workings of Capitol Hill, and we’ve given testimony in mock hearings,” she said. “Any time you can practice, it only makes you better. This real-life scenario is preparing us to be in that situation and tell our story to have an impact with our legislators.”
The group went through Module A, media training, last September. Module C, training in stakeholder engagement, is on tap this September. 
The PAL 2012 class will graduate from the intensive, two-year program next February. The goal of PAL is to strengthen exceptional young growers’ abilities to serve as advocates for agriculture, with training in problem solving, persuasion and consensus building. 
Other PAL class members hail from Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina, Utah and Virginia.
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