A history of strong leadership
As Americans went to the polls earlier this month, my mind turned to a different kind of president.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has had 11 presidents before me. Those leaders built and strengthened a movement for farmers and ranchers across the country. That’s not as big a deal as being president of the United States, of course, but I so respect and admire the role that each of my predecessors has played in ensuring a voice for the American farmer.
The first AFBF president, James R. Howard of Iowa (1920–1922), was surprised to be elected. By the end of the February 1919 meeting to make decisions about structure and governance of the new organization, Howard had bought his railroad ticket and was ready to...
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