Ohio Farm Bureau member Sarah Ison of Moscow was recently selected to The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) class. American Farm Bureau created the PAL curriculum as a high-level, executive training program that prepares participants to represent agriculture in the media, public speaking, congressional testimony and other advocacy arenas. Program graduates gain opportunities to promote awareness about issues important to farmers and consumers.
“Farm Bureau is equipping young leaders for effective engagement,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF President. “The members of the new PAL class are already elite leaders. We look forward to seeing them progress to the highest levels of agricultural advocacy.”
Ison is owner and president of Cincy Beef and teaches as an adjunct professor in microbiology at Northern Kentucky University. She and her husband have a commercial and registered Angus cow-calf to finish operation. She is a member of the Clermont County Farm Bureau, county Cattlemen’s Association and a volunteer with the Felicity High School FFA chapter.
PAL training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific advocacy skills while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies. The modules build on one another over the two years of the program and include intense, in-person, hands-on training.
PAL graduates emerge with the experience and confidence — in everything from legislative policy-making and issues management to social media and media relations — to effectively engage all critical stakeholders.
To be eligible for the PAL program, candidates must be between the ages of 30 and 45, with demonstrated leadership skills. The program is sponsored by American Farm Bureau, Farm Credit and Bayer Co.