Grant and Denaca Moorse
State YF&R Committee Chair
As we all know agriculture has been challenging, but having strong leaders on the local, state and national levels can make a world of difference.
Being a good leader isn’t always about being the best, but more importantly making everyone else around you better. I have always strived to be that type of leader.
I encourage you to reflect on what characteristics you feel make a good leader. Then seek out opportunities to develop those skills. I guarantee our rural communities need you and others to be strong advocates to share our story.
Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&Rs) contests continue to develop leaders. The contests simulate real life experiences to help YF&Rs find and grow their voice on issues important to all of us. Over the years, we have had numerous Farm Bureau members that said yes to these opportunities and have become phenomenal leaders not only locally but on the state and national levels as well.
While I believe the contests are a good way to help grow leaders, I must also stress that seeking out people in your communities that you think have great potential can be important as well. Invite and encourage them to come to this year’s LEAP Conference to network and meet others with similar interest. Encourage them to participate in your county Farm Bureau activities – maybe it is at the food shelf, an agriculture in the classroom activity, attending a Day on the Hill or helping with a safety camp. A word of encouragement can be the first step in someone’s leadership journey. I encourage you to take that step forward.
It is equally important to support your local 4-H clubs and FFA organizations. These young people will be our leaders tomorrow. For me personally, if I hadn’t been as deeply involved with 4-H and FFA, I can tell you that I would not be in the position of the YF&R Committee Chair. These organizations help to provide a fun and safe place for young people to learn and provide opportunities for their confidence to grow. Exactly what they might need in order to take their leadership skills to the next level.
In closing, say yes to the doors of opportunities that open to you, seek these opportunities out so you can take the step to becoming a stronger voice for issues important to you, your family and your community.
Thank you and God Bless.