Following the announcement yesterday by AFBF President Bob Stallman that he will not seek reelection as president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock issued the following statement:
After discussions with my family and encouragement from friends and colleagues, I have decided to seek the presidency of the American Farm Bureau Federation at the AFBF annual meeting in January. I believe that my experiences and my leadership capabilities qualify me to lead the organization as our industry and our nation face challenging times.
American agriculture needs the strong and unified voice of Farm Bureau. My diverse leadership experiences, both inside and outside Farm Bureau, have given me the unique qualifications to represent our nation’s farmers and ranchers.
I firmly believe that Farm Bureau’s strength resides in our grassroots system. The bedrock of that system is the local Farm Bureau. We can only have a strong American Farm Bureau if we have strong state and county/parish Farm Bureaus. I will dedicate my efforts to strengthen and build on this tradition.
AFBF President Bob Stallman has done an outstanding job leading our organization, and it has been an honor to work with him. I look forward to visiting with Farm Bureau members, listening to their ideas, and answering any questions they might have.