The #AFBF15 Guest Bloggers are involved in all types of food and fiber production across the nation…most are farmers and ranchers but some work in related fields and one is a college student. Although they come from diverse agricultural backgrounds, they all share a strong interest in using social media to connect with people who are curious about where the food that they eat comes from and how it is grown.
chrischinn is Chris Chinn, a Farm Bureau member in Missouri who serves on the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors and will represent her state at the delegate session in San Diego. She is a hog producer, 5th-generation family farmer and former chair of the national AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. She was one of the first “Faces of Farming & Ranching” recognized by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Find her on Facebook and Twitter (@ChrisChinn).
gbrunkow2014 is Glenn Brunkow, a fifth-generation farmer/rancher raising cattle, sheep and crops in Kansas. He is also a columnist, blogger and ag advocate. Glenn sits on the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors. He previously served on the national AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and is a graduate of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership program. Dust on the Dashboard is his blog. Find him on Twitter: @brunkow.
hmaricle is HilaryMaricle, a member of AFBF’s national Promotion & Education Committee and graduate of the Partners in Agricultural Leadership program. She hails from Nebraska, where she is a county commissioner and raises beef cattle, hogs, sheep, corn and soybeans with her family. Her Twitter name is @mariclefarm and she’s also on Facebook (Hilary Esch Maricle).
KennaJLewis is a student at California Polytechnic Institute. She was a summer communications intern at the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2014.
sarahdcarte is Sarah Carte of Florida, a wife, mother and fourth-generation farmer. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Florida Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. Her Twitter name is @sarahdcarte and she’s also on Facebook (Sarah Dasher Carte).
tjgilbert is Terry Gilbert, chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Terry and her husband are farmers in Kentucky, where they raise beef cattle and corn. Find her on Twitter (@trg1173) and Facebook (Terry Gilbert).
wagfarms is Val Wagner, a North Dakota farmer and rancher. The Wag’n Tales blog features stories from this mom of four who loves farm life and invites readers to come along for the ride. Follow Val on Twitter (@wagfarms) and find her on Facebook. She is vice chair of AFBF’s national Promotion & Education Committee.