American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall has announced the appointment of two Michigan Farm Bureau members to serve on the organization’s national Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers committees.
St. Clair County’s Stacey Lauwers has been re-appointed to serve a two-year term, starting in March 2021, as one of 10 members on AFBF’s P&E Committee representing qualifying Farm Bureau Promotion & Education states.
Lauwers, husband Mike, and their son Cameron operate a fourth-generation family grain and forage farm, raising soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
On Michigan’s state-level P&E committee in recent years, Lauwers has championed core programs such as Ag in the Classroom and Project RED (Rural Education Days), as well as progressive new endeavors like the FARM Science Lab.
Outside Farm Bureau, Lauwers serves on the Capac FFA advisory board, the Farm Service Agency board, and is a Farmers’ Advisory Council member for America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, which partners with farmers across the U.S. to support rural schools by offering grants focused on enhancing STEM education and curriculum.
Clinton County Farm Bureau member Brenda Sisung, winner of MFB’s 2019 Young Farmer Agriculture Employee Award and recent finalist in the 2020 State Discussion Meet, was appointed to begin serving a two-year term on AFBF’s YF&R Committee beginning March 2021.
Alongside her family, Sisung assists with their 850-acre corn, soybean, wheat, and cattle operation.
She also is the lead Pioneer sales associate and manages the seed warehouse at Pat Feldpausch Farms near Fowler. Sisung plays an integral role in the day-to-day activities and marketing of both operations.
She resides in St. Johns.
The YF&R Committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. and is responsible for program planning, which includes the coordination of YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s convention each January and the Harvest for All program.
“Continuing to engage with consumers to build trust and share the story of agriculture is an important part of national program committee work, especially now as farmers and ranchers are still farming during the pandemic,” Duvall said. “We applaud the commitment of these newly appointed Farm Bureau members.”