Young Agricultural Professionals is a Farm Bureau program that includes all members between the ages of 18 and 35. There are national, state, and local levels of YAP that members can participate in. Its purpose is to promote understanding of the purposes, operations, and role of the Farm Bureau in solving problems faced by the farming community.
YAP members are dedicated to improving agriculture for the next generation and enjoy opportunities recognized for their outstanding achievements and promote legislative efforts within the PA Farm Bureau.
Currently, there are 10 local active members in the county committee.
Rebecca Harrop, District 10 representative on the state Agricultural Advancement Committee, shared what it means to her to be involved with Young Agricultural Professionals in Mifflin County.
“It gave me the opportunity to meet and get to know like-minded people. I had so many wonderful opportunities through YAP and the Farm Bureau,” she says. “I have made friendships across the state and country that will last a lifetime and our local YAP has truly become like a second family to me.”
The local YAP group participates in local community events such as providing Thanksgiving meals for the elderly, adopting a family to help out at Christmas. They hold social events throughout the county and state, provide education and promotion through social media, build leadership through conferences and training events. At the state and national level, they also offer conferences for networking, leadership development, career success, and agriculture advocacy.
Megan Keller, the organization’s current county chair, said: “Being involved means bringing together young farmers who share common interests and is a way to be positive advocates for the industry we grew up in, which we love and intend to continue in the future.
“I’ve developed leadership skills and had countless opportunities to advocate for our county and state issues.”
YAP always welcomes new members to join the group. More information can be found on the Mifflin County Young Agricultural Professionals Facebook page. They can also be contacted at [email protected]