Four people have been appointed to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee by the bureau’s state board of directors.
Sally Turpin of Juneau County, John and Megan Lyons of Kewaunee County, and Rosli Bragger of Buffalo County began their terms in December.
“These young leaders have a special passion and excitement about Farm Bureau and Wisconsin agriculture that makes them great additions to the YFA Committee,” said Jim Holte, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
Turpin is a UW-River Falls graduate working as a dairy consultant at Star Blends. She has served as the Juneau County YFA chair since 2014 and is a Class VI Farm Bureau Leadership Institute graduate. In her free time, Turpin enjoys helping on her home farm, previously a dairy now raising beef cow-calf pairs.
John and Megan Lyons, who have been married for nine years, manage the daily operations of John’s family farm. He’s a fourth-generation farmer who is transitioning into an ownership role on his family’s century farm. The couple raise beef cattle, crops and provide custom harvesting services. Megan recently completed her doctorate in clinical psychology and is working to address the mental health needs of those in northeast Wisconsin.
Bragger grew up on her family’s Buffalo County farm and is a certified nursing assistant at Mayo Clinic. Even though her full-time employment is outside of the agriculture community, she is passionate about incorporating agriculture in her daily life and being an advocate for farmers. In her free time, she works on a nearby farm and assists her sister with her FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience project.
The Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee is composed of nine couples or individuals (ages 18 to 35) from across Wisconsin. Its goal is to get more young farmers and agriculturists acquainted with and involved in the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, which funds the YFA program. They carry out a variety of statewide initiatives, such as conferences, contests and award programs.