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By Brenda Sisung
I believe the Young Farmer Award Program is essential in recognizing current, future and up-and-coming leaders of the agricultural industry. It gives individuals the opportunity to showcase themselves and what they’re passionate about.
For me, seeing my sister win the Excellence in Agriculture award in 2018 — then go on to the national competition and make the top 10 — empowered me to want to do something similar.
I thought if she can do it, so can I!
I’ve always looked up to her and what she’s accomplished. I’m a firm believer in the famous Wayne Gretzkey quote, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” so I knew I needed to apply.
Applying for the Young Agriculture Employee Award seemed logical as I work in agribusiness and have just begun to get my feet wet in Farm Bureau. I found it valuable to apply, not because I wanted the recognition, but because I viewed it as a resume builder and a great way to network, by putting my face and credentials in front of some agricultural influencers. The gracious donations by companies such as GreenMark Equipment and AgroLiquid were just icing on the cake.
Winning the award has been a humbling experience and really made me more aware of the reach Farm Bureau has across the state. People I don’t even know congratulate me on my accomplishment as they saw it in the Farm News, Farm Gate or on Facebook.
It reminds me that Farm Bureau truly is a family organization with grassroots and I am proud to be a member of it.
Brenda Sisung is a member of the Clinton County Farm Bureau and winner of MFB’s 2019 Young Farmer Agriculture Employee Award. She is the lead Pioneer sales associate and manages the seed warehouse and on-demand soybean seed treatment system at Pat Feldpausch Farms near Fowler.
The Young Farmer program is funded in part by the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3) aimed at contributing to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming.