Heger graduates from PAL

Created: 2/26/15 (Thu) | Topic: Leadership

Katie Heger of Underwood was one of 10 outstanding young farm and ranch leaders honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s seventh Partners in Agricultural Leadership class. (Heger is on the far left of the photo.)

The young agricultural leaders were recognized during AFBF’s Advocacy Conference. PAL is designed to help agricultural leaders accelerate their leadership abilities and solidify their roles as advocates for agriculture.

“This group of PAL graduates represents the very ‘best of the best’ among today’s farmers and ranchers,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “They are top-tier agricultural advocates, and we look forward to having them as vital contributors to our outreach efforts.”

Graduates of PAL Class 7 are: Jillian Beaty, Wisconsin; Jason Bunting, Illinois; Joy Davis, Texas; Shannon Douglass, California; Stacey Forshee, Kansas; Joshua Geigle, South Dakota; Katie Heger, North Dakota; Adam Hinton, Kentucky; Elizabeth Kohtz, Idaho; and Brandon Whitt, Tennessee.

To be eligible for the PAL program, applicants must have previously developed leadership skills built through participating in at least one Young Farmers & Ranchers program.

This includes AFBF competitive events, Discussion Meet (“Sweet 16” finalist), Achievement Award (top 10 finalist) and Excellence in Agriculture Award (top 10 finalist). Retired members of the AFBF YF&R Committee and retired chairs of state Farm Bureau YF&R Committees also are eligible to apply.

PAL training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific leadership skills while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies. The modules build on one another over the two years of the program and include intense, in-person, hands-on training.

The PAL program is sponsored by ­­­­­­AFBF, Agri-Pulse Communications, the Farm Credit System and Monsanto Company.


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