Patrick and Nicole Hackley of Culbertson have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. The Hackleys have a diversified small grains and cattle operation in the eastern part of Montana, raising wheat, oats, barley, corn, peas, lentils and canola. In addition, they raise grass and alfalfa hay for sale and to feed their commercial cattle herd which is comprised of Red Angus mother cows with Charolais and Red Angus bulls.
Patrick and Nicole have been active in Farm Bureau at the county and state levels. Patrick is currently vice president of the Richland County Farm Bureau and serves on the state Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. He was the winner of the MFBF YF&R Discussion Meet in 2014. Nicole has served on county and state Women’s Leadership Committees and as secretary of the Richland County Farm Bureau. She is on the county board of directors and handles communications. They have both served as state convention delegates. The couple has has a two-year-old son, Hunter.
“Farm Bureau is the largest agricultural organization in the country, and it’s a real privilege to serve members at the county, state and now national level,” said Patrick. “It was very exciting to get an email from President Stallman saying Nicole and I were selected to serve on the national YF&R Committee. It’s one of those moments you know that all the work you have put into the organization is well worth it. This is a true testament of grassroots in action.”
Patrick said he’s enthusiastic about learning more about Farm Bureau and increasing leadership capabilities. “Because of Farm Bureau, I am connected to so many different people. This is going to be a very rewarding experience. Nicole and I look forward to representing our region.”
The Hackleys first meeting as representatives on the national YF&R Committee will be at the American Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference in Kansas City Feb. 13-15.
Source: Montana Farm Bureau Federation
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