March 12, 2014
Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. The Hegemans and their daughter, Ella Kate, 23 months, live in White Plains where Jon manages greenhouses and Amy raises horses.
Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County are taking their leadership skills to the national scene with a recent appointment to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee.
“This is an honor,” said Jon, who manages greenhouses. “We’re looking forward to networking with others and hopefully bringing something back to Alabama to improve our programs.”
Amy, who raises horses, said the two-year committee appointment will be a great learning experience.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to get involved with the AFBF,” she said. “At the March orientation, we’ll learn more about our roles and meet families from other states who are doing the same things we are.”
The couple has a history of success in the Alabama Farmers Federation. Jon was the 2013 State Young Farmers Committee chairman, and the two were named the 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Family, along with their daughter, Ella Kate, 23 months.
As part of the 16-member YF&R committee, the Hegemans will help plan YF&R competitive events during AFBF’s annual convention and the annual YF&R Leadership Conference held in February.
Committee members are nominated by their respective Farm Bureaus. They study farm and food policy issues, participate in leadership training exercises and develop other professional skills while on the committee.
The Hegemans are the third Alabama Farmers Federation representatives to serve on the committee since the Federation reaffiliated with AFBF. Hale County farmer Townsend Kyser was selected for the 2007-2008 term. Lamar County farmer Will Gilmer served the 2009-2010 term.
The Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes men and women ages 18 to 35. Learn more online at fb.org.