Jennifer Bergin, a rancher from Melstone, MT, is currently in São Paulo, Brazil as part of the American Farm Bureau's Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class. Bergin was selected as one of 10 outstanding young farm and ranchers leaders from across the U.S. for leadership and agriculture advocacy training. The PAL class, which is designed to enhance leadership skills, takes young farmers and ranchers who have already begun personal development and take them to the next level.
According to the Montana Farm Bureau, Bergin decided to apply for the program (which has a tough selection process) because, “I felt I owed it to myself and the Farm Bureau members I represent to become better at speaking for them.”
This year’s PAL class took a trip to Brazil as a way to learn more about the ag industry and how agriculture is affected on a global scale. In the following two blog post, Bergin shares her experiences both as a ranch mom getting ready to leave her boys for a long trip and first impressions of São Paulo, Brazil.