By TIM HEARDEN
ORLAND, Calif. -- Rancher Shannon Douglass has been chosen as one of 10 farmers and ranchers from across the country to take part in a national leadership class.
She is participating in the American Farm Bureau Federation's Partners in Agricultural Leadership program, which aims to help young growers enhance their leadership skills and use them to benefit agriculture.
Also participating will be Elizabeth Kohtz of Twin Falls, Idaho, who won the Idaho Farm Bureau's 2012 Discussion Meet. She and Douglass will join PAL participants from Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The class will help participants develop their skills in problem-solving, persuasion and consensus-building while learning about critical agricultural and public policy issues, according to an AFBF news release.
After they graduate, the students will be prepared to represent agriculture in the media, on speaking circuits or in legislative activities, the AFBF asserts.
Douglass is a former chair of the California Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. She is also a former Capital Press board member.