Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) has announced that the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has appointed Washington County cattle farmer David Bentrem as a new member of its national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for the 2016-2018 term, beginning in March.  The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the United States.

“I feel fortunate and excited to be named to the committee and am looking forward to the opportunity to share experiences with young farmers from other states.  I hope to enhance AFBF’s program by bringing my personal experiences to the committee,” said David Bentrem.   “I also plan to bring what I learn back to Pennsylvania to help improve our efforts to engage and educate young farmers in the Commonwealth.”

Bentrem, who previously served as Chair of PFB’s state YF&R Committee, owns Three D Ranch LLC, where he raises and sells grass-fed beef directly to the public.

AFBF’s committee members are responsible for program planning, which includes the coordination of competitive events during AFBF’s Annual Convention each January, and the “Harvest for All” program.  They also provide support in planning and implementing leadership conferences.

“David has done an outstanding job as a member of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Committee and I am confident he’ll play a major role in bringing fresh ideas to the national committee,” said PFB President Rick Ebert.

National committee members are nominated by their respective state Farm Bureaus.  They study farm and food policy issues, participate in leadership training exercises and hone other professional skills during their two-year terms as committee members.