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Teaching Young Farmers the Tricks of the Trade

From left: Grant Hagerman, Bethany Crus, Kasi Schneid, Kendal Bowman

January 19-20, four students from EKU's Collegiate Farm Bureau attended the Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference in Louisville. Thanks to the support of the Madison County Farm Bureau Kendal Bowman, Kasi Schneid, Bethany Cruse, and Grant Hagerman were able to participate in meetings addressing the opportunities of increasingly technical, knowledge-based agriculture are presenting young farmers and ranchers

The students attended to learn more about current agriculture issues, and how to expand agricultural businesses. They also learned how to promote EKU's Collegiate Farm Bureau - one of two in Kentucky.

While attending the conference, the students listened to Troy Hadrick and his wife, Stacy, speak about the need for “Agvocacy”. They spoke about the challenges facing agriculture industry and how to hone their ability to relate these challenges to students who will be new to the industry. They also shared many keys to success including how to maintain operations and create Kentucky Proud agricultural systems.

Kasi Schneid said her favorite part of the convention was being able to listen to the speakers, Mr. and Ms. Hadrick. She said they were very personable and related to the audience well allowing them to feel connected to both them and their story. They helped the students by providing knowledge on how to help promote every side of the agriculture industry.

Kasi continued, “I want to thank the Madison County Farm Bureau for sponsoring us, and to thank Jackson Tolle [Director of the club from the state Farm Bureau] for allowing us [EKU Collegiate Farm Bureau] to do what we do as a club.”

Graduating senior Kendal Bowman, president of the EKU Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter, commented: "I want to give special thanks to the Madison County Farm Bureau, Dr. Ed Fredrickson, Jackson Tolle, and an awesome Collegiate Farm Bureau group to work with this year!" He said, "A lesson I learned from attending this conference - no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you’ve been you can make a difference, no matter how small you may feel. It just takes one person to step out, to make a change." Upon graduation he hopes to combine his passion for agriculture and desire to help people by becoming an Agriculture Extension Agent for the University of Kentucky, "My hope is to help educate farmers in my community."

Published on February 07, 2018

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