AFBF Fellowships Bring MANRRS Student Members to Leadership Conference

Fourteen student members of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences have been selected to attend the Farm Bureau FUSION Conference in March as part of a new American Farm Bureau Federation fellowship program.

The conference provides learning opportunities for attendees to increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership development, agriculture issues, professional and personal growth and building a network. It will bring together more than 900 agricultural leaders who are active in three main Farm Bureau program areas – Young Farmers & Ranchers, Women’s Leadership and Promotion & Education.

The MANRRS students listed below will attend the conference as Farm Bureau Fellows, with sponsorship support from CoBank.

Alabama – Emon Fowler, Faraluz Ortega and Joshua White; Tuskegee University
Georgia – Christian Miller; Fort Valley State University

Indiana – O. Benjamin Fakunle, Favour Ojike and Hariharan Thirumalai; Purdue University

Mississippi – Mya Dixon; Mississippi State University

North Carolina – Miles Lee, Grace Palmer and Janae Washington; North Carolina A&T University         

New York – Mary Vandenbosch; Houghton University

Wisconsin – Maxwell Chibuogwu and Confidence John; University of Wisconsin-Madison

“We look forward to welcoming MANRRS students to the FUSION Conference and hope it’s a great growth opportunity for them,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “I’m very pleased that we’re able to support MANRRS students through this fellowship program and welcome them to our Farm Bureau family.”

The 2023 Farm Bureau FUSION Conference, with the theme “Agriculture: Cultivating a New Era,” takes place March 3-6 in Jacksonville, Florida.

“CoBank is delighted to partner with AFBF to bring the FUSION experience to the MANRRS fellows,” said Brenda Frank, executive vice president, Farm Credit Banking. “Networking and learning from others is vital to the success of new farmers and ranchers and both CoBank and our Farm Credit partners are committed to supporting the next generation of leadership in agriculture.”

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