By Sarah Appel, CAHNRS Academic Programs
For the next generation of farmers and ranchers now studying at WSU, opportunities to network with professional industry partners come in many forms. One of those opportunities is the 2019 National Farm Bureau FUSION Conference this March in Milwaukee.
Four WSU Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) members will attend the conference with other young leaders from across the nation involved in Promotion & Education and Women’s Leadership as well as Young Farmers and Ranchers. The conference focusses on four areas: consumer outreach, member value advocacy, outreach and education, and leadership development.
Attendees will participate in workshops and sessions, while also networking with industry partners and other young professionals. The hope is to learn, share and work together to build a stronger Farm Bureau and give participants new knowledge and energy to take back to their farms and hometowns.
The cost of attendance is roughly $900 per person including registration, hotel, and travel costs. Those going from WSU have worked extremely hard to raise funds by visiting local Farm Bureaus, sending out letters, hosting a Swing Dance at Ensminger Pavilion, and more. People across the state have been supportive of the group and the dance was a great success, bringing in about $350. People danced, socialized, and had a great time supporting their classmates and friends.
If you’re interested in donating, please contact WSU YF&R President, Hallie Galbreath. The group has a WSU Young Farmers and Ranchers Facebook page, where anyone can learn more about the club. More on Young Farmers and Ranchers and Washington Farm Bureau, is available at https://wsfb.com/.