The second class of Farm Bureau Institute graduates will use their leadership skills on Washington's Capitol Hill, June 16-18.
While in the nation's capital the emerging leaders will talk with lawmakers about hot topics that could impact Wisconsin's $51 billion agriculture industry.
"The rewrite of the Clean Water Restoration Act, animal care, the proposed climate change bill, and farm bill implementation and budget issues are what our members plan to discuss with Wisconsin's congressional delegation," said Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President, Bill Bruins, who along with the rest of WFBF board will travel to Washington D.C. with the Institute graduates.
Members of the Farm Bureau Institute who will take part in the trip are: Mark Hilgendorf, Mequon; Christine Lepple and Andrea Brossard-Martin, Beaver Dam; Alissa Grenawalt, Beloit; Patrick O'Brien, Fitchburg; Karen Reisinger, Sauk City; Derek Orth, Lancaster; Brad Schulte, Gratiot; Jackie Pettis, Osseo; David Doolittle, Berlin; Rosalie Geiger, Reedsville; Nina Poch, Athens; Brenda Sikorski, Cadott; and Marie Mahaney of Brodhead.
The Farm Bureau Institute offers personal growth and leadership training to members with the potential to make a positive impact on Farm Bureau and agriculture. Before graduating from the course last December, Institute members learned about public speaking, media training, local and state government, Farm Bureau structure and function, and emerging national and international ag issues.
While in Washington D.C., they will also meet with officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Canadian Embassy and American Farm Bureau Federation.
The Farm Bureau Institute is sponsored by Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, Rural Mutual Insurance Company and GROWMARK, Inc. For more information about the Farm Bureau Institute, call (608) 828-5714.