(Madison) A Beaver Dam man is among 14 emerging agricultural leaders selected to participate in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Leadership Institute. The year-long leadership training program’s mission is to develop strong and effective agricultural leaders. Shawn Monien of Beaver Dam will take part in five, multi-day sessions which provide hands-on learning on agricultural issues, leadership development and speaking skills. The group will also have interaction with bureau staff and government leaders at the state and national levels while networking with other participants. The Bureau’s Senior Director of Member Relations Wendy Kannel says “today’s farmers and agriculturists must take the lead to be advocates for their farms and agribusinesses and the Institute gives participants the skills and confidence necessary to lead the future of farming and agriculture in their county Farm Bureau, local community and beyond.” The class capstone event for the Leadership Institute will be a trip, with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Board of Directors, to Washington DC in March 2022.
Members of the 2021 Farm Bureau Leadership Institute class are: Paige Blair, Brooklyn; Chad Bruss, Green Lake; Heather Erdman, Augusta; Robert Fox, Kaukauna; Logan Frei, Janesville; Rachel Harmann, Algoma; Michael Luebke, Maribel; Shawn Monien, Beaver Dam; Kat Nissen, Rock Springs; Sam Olson, Chetek; Charisse Orth, Fennimore; Nichole Rabitz, Crivitz; Andrea Rippley, Whitehall; and Tess Zettle, Juda.