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Delaware is making waves at the American Farm Bureau Federation thanks to a Sussex County farmer who was chosen to sit on a national committee. 

Steve Breeding of Seaford is Delaware Farm Bureau’s 1st vice president and now a member of the AFBF’s Promotion & Education Committee.

The mission of the 10-person committee is to develop and centralize resources that inspire and equip Farm Bureau to convey the significance of agriculture. Newly appointed members were announced Monday, Dec. 18 by AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

“Farm Bureau members bring commitment and care to their communities through engagement and advocacy at every level of our organization,” Duvall said. “These newly appointed national program committee members will focus on advancing the mission of the American Farm Bureau and working to build trust with consumers and others while sharing agriculture’s story. As engaged grassroots leaders, they have a big impact.”

Breeding, a beef cattle and sheep farmer, said the opportunity will help “put Delaware on the map” while he continues to advocate for one of the state’s top industries through the P&E Committee. 

The following members have been appointed to the P&E Committee for the 2024-2026 term starting in March along with Breeding: Rebecca Harrop, Pennsylvania (dairy cattle); William Zalakar, New York (greenhouse production, agri-tourism and farm brewery); and Bonita Cremer, Montana (beef cattle). Amy Jo Estes, Missouri (hay and beef cattle) was reappointed for a two-year term.

“I’m looking forward to being able to bounce ideas off of people across the country. Even in the past week, I’ve gotten to know a couple of other people on this committee and we’ve created a bond,” Breeding said. “The focus, from what I understand so far, is we kind of guide Farm Bureau’s idea of where we should focus AFBF’s efforts into the actual promotion of Farm Bureau and education, where some of those education dollars should go. I’m excited to push the mission of the Farm Bureau and agriculture.”

For more about the American Farm Bureau Federation, visit www.fb.org. For more about the Delaware Farm Bureau, visit www.defb.org.

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