Bettering U.S. Agriculture through Involvement in Public Policy
American Farm Bureau Federation
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) works to improve the lives of America’s rural citizens and to promote issues important to U.S. agriculture at the local, county, state, national and international levels. Through the Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, AFBF also supports younger farmers and ranchers in developing their leadership skills and their knowledge of agricultural and public policy issues. Each year, this advanced leadership development program welcomes ten farmers and ranchers to a three-session course teaching media relations, lobbying and public speaking.
Chris Chin, a Missouri hog farmer, graduated from PAL in February and has already put her new skills to good use by lobbying to modify a legislative proposition aimed at limiting the number of domestic animals allowed. The original wording of this legislation would have shut down Chris’ operation.
“PAL taught me the skills to lobby for the issue and make sure that my story was heard, and it gave me the confidence to get up and give a speech to 11,000 people on the capitol steps,” she says.
A strong advocate for the program, Chris adds, “It was a lot of work and took dedication, but it was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. I’d go through it five more times if I could.”
The financial support and advice provided by Farm Credit has helped us teach farmers and ranchers how to advocate for themselves.
In addition to supporting the PAL program, Farm Credit also sponsors AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program and the Women’s Leadership Conference.