American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman has appointed eight new committee members for two-year terms to the AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Committee.

The YF&R program is composed of Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35. The program’s goal is to provide leadership development to build a more effective Farm Bureau though education, problem solving and network building.

“I am always impressed with the quality of people who are nominated for these positions and this year is no exception,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “It is important to ensure that the future of agriculture is in good hands and I am confident that these individuals will become great leaders as they have already given so much back to their communities.”

There are 16 positions on the committee with members representing all four regions of the United States. The new 2010-2012 members are, Jason Bunting, Illinois; Derek Sawyer, Kansas; Daniel and Alison Smith, Kentucky; Ben and Kelsey LaCross, Michigan; Dan and Seena Glessing, Minnesota; Patrick and Kim Swindoll, Mississippi; Dustin Ladenburger, Nebraska; and Scott and Mendy Sink, Virginia. They will be joining Will and Joni Gilmer, Alabama; Matt and Erin Sweet, California; Roland Yee, Florida; Leighton and Brenda Cooley, Georgia; Jim and Andrea Schultz, New York; Mark and Valerie Wagner, North Dakota; Ryan and Nikki McClure, Ohio and Chalsey Kortes, Wyoming.

“I am very proud of these new members and their accomplishments so far in their Farm Bureau Careers,” 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.”

Committee members are responsible for the YF&R Program planning which includes the operation of YF&R contests during AFBF’s annual meeting, along with planning and implementation of the YF&R Leadership Conference held in February. They will be given the tools necessary to become leaders through intensive training on issues along with the honing of other professional skills.

In addition, committee members attend two more business meetings a year. Every other year, a meeting is held in Washington, D.C., where they participate in a “Day on the Hill” event, visiting with each of their members of Congress, helping to inform them about the issues facing agriculture in America.