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December 20, 2013   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
December 20, 2013

Jon and Amy Hegeman and their daughter Ella Kate.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 20, 2013— Alabama Farmers Federation’s Jon and Amy Hegeman of Anniston have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

The Hegemans’ two-year term begins in March. They are among 16 committee members who represent all regions of the U.S.

“Jon and Amy’s enthusiasm for farming and the Young Farmers program is contagious,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Young Farmer Division Director Jennifer Himburg. “It’s an honor for them to be a part of this elite group of young leaders.”

Committee members are responsible for the YF&R Program planning, which includes the operation of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s annual convention, along with planning and implementation of the YF&R Leadership Conference held in February.

The Hegemans, who were Alabama’s Outstanding Young Farm Family in 2013, have greenhouses and horses on their farm in Calhoun County. Jon was the State Young Farmers Committee chairman that same year.

AFBF President Bob Stallman announced the appointment of the committee. Others include Miles and Sarah Kuschel, Sebeka, Minn. (beef cattle); Andy and Kasey Clay, Jamestown, Mo. (corn, soybeans and cattle); Aaron and Nicole Banks, Arundel, Maine (quarter horses); Derek Helms, Arkadelphia, Ark. (rice, corn, soybeans and wheat); Danielle and Jacob Larson, Okeechobee, Fla. (row crops, beef and dairy cattle); Sara and Zandon Bray, Redvale, Colo. (beef cattle); and Jason Flowers, Midland, Ore. (small grain crops, hay and cattle).

“It is important to ensure the future of agriculture is in good hands, and I am confident these individuals are great leaders as they have already given so much back to their communities,” said Stallman. “I look forward to the work they will do on the YF&R Committee, as well as watching them become even stronger and more capable leaders for American agriculture.”

National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus. They study farm and food policy issues, participate in leadership training exercises and develop other professional skills while on the committee.
The Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes men and women between 18-35 years old. Learn more online http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=programs.yfr.home

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