Local Farmer Selected for Elite National Advocacy Program

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release

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Bryan Jones, president of Putnam/St. Johns County Farm Bureau has been appointed to serve on a national advocacy program for young farmers and ranchers.

The two-year Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Program is sponsored by American Farm Bureau Federation and is designed to help today’s agricultural leaders accelerate their engagement abilities and solidify their role as advocates for agriculture.

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Bryan Jones, Owner of Riverdale Potato Farm in St. Johns County.

“The American Farm Bureau is proud to develop future advocacy rock stars for agriculture,” said Johnna Miller, Director of Media & Advocacy Training. “Our PAL graduates gain confidence and expertise to engage with key stakeholders in their local community and in national media.”

Jones was selected by a panel of national judges for his knowledge of agricultural issues, leadership desire and his passion to lead for agriculture’s future.

The PAL program is a rigorous, two-year curriculum that is meant to shape the personal development of participants. It includes core competencies on self-awareness, industry knowledge, message development and delivery, policy engagement and interpersonal skills.

Jones owns and operates Riverdale Potato Farm in St. Johns County. He produces potatoes and green beans. Jones is involved in community service through his food donations to area homeless shelters and equipment donations to local churches. 

Florida Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general agricultural organization, represents more than 147,000 member-families. We serve to enhance farm enterprise and improve rural communities.

Source: Florida Farm Bureau

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