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Some key people in Idaho asked me to submit my application to the PAL Program. I was unaware of what that entailed and the opportunities it would bring. After researching the program, I completed the application, never expecting it to go any further. After the interview, I was selected as one of 10 nationwide to participate in the two-year program. 

PAL is an intense two-year program for farmers and ranchers between the ages of 30 and 45, requiring a significant time commitment from participants. The goal of the PAL program is to personally develop participants to have the expertise and confidence to successfully represent and promote agriculture in the media, in government, speaking circuits, and in their communities.

“Basically, our goal is to create advocacy rock stars for agriculture,” says Johnna Miller, senior director of media and advocacy training and PAL coordinator for the American Farm Bureau Federation. "When you’re less than 2 percent of the population, you need all the advocates you can get, especially when the vast majority of Americans have never set foot on a farm,” she adds. “We want to give the PALs the tools to be able to tell their agriculture stories in a way that resonates with everyone, no matter where they live.”


One of the main lessons I have learned so far through the PAL program is to live life with urgency. Many of us wait for somebody else to do something. To truly be an advocate, we need to act, realizing there’s an urgency in everything we do. We need to have a pep in our step, and we need to be moving forward.

One of the biggest things I hope to get from the training is the ability to take action and encourage others to do so. I think this is a team you’re on for life, and hopefully, I can share my experiences and truly be a voice for agriculture.

  • Completed 'Live to Lead' John Maxwell's Leadership Course with Rachel Hollis

  • Diamond 6 Leadership Strategy, Gettysburg 

  • Idaho Farm Bureau, State Director

  • Farm Bureau Insurance Board, State Director

  • Farm Service Agency, County Chairman since 2016 

  • Linrose Lateral Water Board, Officer

  • Valley Implement, Sales Manager

  • Ecclesiastical organization, Area Leader

  • Franklin County Farm Bureau Board, President

  • Franklin County Farm Bureau Board, Board Member

  • Young Farmers and Ranchers, State Chair 

  • Young Farmers and Ranchers, District Chair

  • Ecclesiastical organization, President of Local Individuals

  • Youth organization, Youth Leader

  • 2-Year Service Mission, Mission Leader

  • Idaho State Future Farmers of America, Officer

  • Future Farmers of America, Chapter Vice President 

  • Ecclesiastic Youth group, President of Class (14-18 yr olds)

  • Preston High School, Executive Council

  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

  • The Power of One-Empowering you to ignite Agricultural Advocacy

  • Leading By Influence 

  • Building Your Legacy 

  • The Importance of Telling Your Story

  • The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek

  • On Fire, John O’Leary

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

  • The Speed of Trust, Stephen M.R. Covey

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell

  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie

  • Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, Rick Rigsby

  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

  • Strengths Finder 2.0, Tom Rath

  • The Change Agent, Damon West

  • The Art of Influence, Chris Widener

  • Start with Why, Simon Sinek

  • The Coffee Bean: A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change, Damon West & Jon Gordon

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