GAINESVILLE — Florida Farm Bureau Federation has selected its 2018-2020 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group. The group consists of young men and women who are interested in representing production agriculture and the farm families who make it successful. Included in the group are a pair of Highlands County residents.

The Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Program is a two-year leadership development program that allows participants to develop and refine their leadership abilities by focusing on personal growth, public speaking, media training, legislative awareness, issue advocacy, business management and service leadership.

“We are excited to begin this eighth class of the YF&R Leadership Program,” Michele Curts, Leadership Programs coordinator, said. “We look forward to working with each member to help them gain the confidence and experience to become successful advocates for agriculture and the future leaders of Florida Farm Bureau.”

Members of the 2018-2020 Leadership Group are:

Ryan and Sydney Armstrong, Highlands County; Clayton Lyons, Baker County; Patrick and Allison Hartley, Bradford County; Roy and Paige Petteway, DeSoto/Charlotte County; Adam and Ashley Cook, Gilchrist County; Jarad Plair, Hendry/Glades County; Lance Jackson, Holmes County; Seth and Megan Basford, Jackson County; Clay and Kari Fulford, Jefferson County; Samantha Dailey, Marion County; Scarlett Jackson, Polk County; Kyle Patterson, St. Lucie County; and Ben and Katie Morris, Western Palm Beach County.

To be eligible for the Farm Bureau Leadership Program, participants must be between 18-35 years of age and be a member of their local county Farm Bureau for at least one year. To learn more about the Leadership Group, visit

Florida Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agricultural organization, represents more than 147,000 member-families. It serves to enhance farm enterprise and improve rural communities.


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