Ohio, Pa. farmers appointed to Young Farmers & Ranchers committee

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WASHINGTON — New members have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers committee, for the 2012-2014 term beginning in March.

The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. An individual or a married couple may hold each committee position.

New members

AFBF President Bob Stallman announced the appointment of the following new members to the committee: Michael and Melanie Fink of Germansville, Pa., (fresh vegetables, greenhouse, hay and grain); Marc and Blair Green of Winnabow, N.C., (crops, cattle, hogs and a forestry plantation); Matthew and Rachel Heimerl of Johnstown, Ohio, (hogs, cattle and field crops); Zachary and Anna Hunnicutt of Aurora, Neb., (corn, popcorn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum); Dustin Johnson of Farmington, N.M., (cow/calf beef operation, sheep and hay); Rick Roden of West Bend, Wis., (dairy and cash crops); Susan Wilkins of Hillsboro, W. Va., (loan officer for the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency); and Marty and Crystal Wooldridge of Oil City, La., (cow/calf beef operation and hay harvesting business).

Process

National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. They study farm and food policy issues, participate in leadership training exercises and hone other appropriate professional skills during their tenure as committee members.

The Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35.

Learn more online at www.fb.org/index.php?action=programs.yfr.home.

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