Travis Gebhart from Meadow is among 10 young agricultural leaders selected to participate in the sixth class of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership honors program.
Gebhart served six years on the SD Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and in 2009 and 2010, as chairman of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. He most recently was president of the Perkins County Farm Bureau.
Farm Bureau's PAL program is designed to strengthen participants' leadership skills and put their abilities to work for the benefit of agriculture. By participating in PAL, the young leaders will enrich their skills in problem solving, persuasion and consensus building. At that same time, they will deepen their knowledge of specific agricultural and public policy issues.
Upon completion of the PAL program, participants will be fully equipped to represent agriculture in the media, on speaking circuits or in legislative activities. PAL graduates serve as advocates for agriculture, telling the farmer's story and promoting awareness on issues important to those in the farm-to-consumer food chain.
Gebhart will be participating with class members from Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. The PAL program is carried out with support from the Monsanto Company, Farm Credit, and American Farm Bureau Federation.