Staff Reports from Arizona Farm Bureau: Arizona Farm Bureau’s Terisha Driggs McKeighen, along with eight other outstanding young farm and ranch leaders, was honored this week by the American Farm Bureau Federation as a graduate of the organization’s eighth Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) class. Terisha and the other young agricultural leaders were recognized during American Farm Bureau’s (AFBF) Advocacy Conference. PAL provides advanced training to the organization’s rising stars, with the goal of developing powerful advocates for agriculture and cultivating leaders who can help Farm Bureau advance its policy goals.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall (left) and Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers recognized Terisha Driggs McKeighen for her leadership accomplishments during this week's Advocacy Conference.

“The PAL program has been an amazing experience and I can't wait to use my new advocacy skills to promote agriculture,” said Driggs McKeighen, an attorney who has also just recently started a farm business with her husband, Brian, in southern Arizona.

“I am proud of the work that PAL graduates put into this program,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said. “They understand that farmers and ranchers need to keep telling our stories if we want to be at the heart of shaping policies that affect our farms and our nation’s food security.”

Other graduates of PAL Class 8 include: Jeremy Barron, Indiana; Jennifer Bergin, Montana; Emily Buck, Ohio; Cameron Edwards, Kentucky; Brian Marshall, Missouri; Chris Pollack, Wisconsin; Derek Sawyer, Kansas; and Julie White, Mississippi.

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.

The PAL program is sponsored by AFBF, Farm Credit and Monsanto Company.

To be eligible for the PAL program, applicants must be between the ages of 30 and 45, with demonstrated leadership skills. Learn more at

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