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— Jeremy Barron of Kendallville, Indiana, was honored by the American Farm Bureau Federation as a graduate of the organization’s Partners in Advocacy Leadership program.

Barron was one of nine outstanding young farmers and ranchers from across the United States who were chosen to participate in the program, which provides advanced training to the organization’s rising stars with the goal of developing powerful advocates for agriculture and cultivating Farm Bureau leaders.

PAL training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific leadership skills while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies.

The modules build on one another over the two years of the program and include intense, in-person, hands-on training. Over the 16 years of the program’s existence, there have been a total of only 80 participants, and only two of those have come from Indiana, noted Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron.

“We are extremely proud of Jeremy and his commitment to the betterment of agriculture and look forward to his future leadership for Indiana Farm Bureau,” Kron said.

“This was the most important next step I could take in my leadership journey both personally and professionally – not just from a skill development standpoint but also for all the relationships I have developed over the years,” Barron said.

Barron, who with his wife Lindsay operates Barron Farms, is a managing director for Cargill. The couple has two sons.

They also are members of the INFB State Young Farmer Committee and were finalists in the 2016 INFB Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award.

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