It’s the first time in more than five years Minnesota has been represented on National Youth Advisory Council

    Hunter Cardinal, son of Marc and Alisa Cardinal, of Crookston, was one of the six youths elected to the Farmers Union National Youth Advisory Council for 2017 during the All States Leadership Camp in Bailey, Colorado in June. He is a 2016 graduate of Climax-Shelly High School, and is currently enrolled at Moorhead Community and Technical College in the Criminal Justice Program. Hunter has attended Farmers Union camps since he was 7 years old, and has been on the Minnesota State Youth Advisory Council for two years.  

    The NYAC are elected by their peers from around the nation to go on and represent thousands of Farmers Union youth across the country. NYAC will further hone their leadership skills at a learning session in Washington D.C. through presentations at NFU’s 116th Anniversary Convention as well as by planning next year’s All-States Camp. They will also attend conventions in Kansas City and their respective states.

     NYAC builds leadership in the agricultural industry and ensures the voice of the younger generation is heard and respected in what the organization does. NFU President Roger Johnson said, “For the next year these six youths will serve as representatives of their peers, learn about the Legislative process, lobbying and present in front of hundreds of NFU members and press at their National Convention. I am confident that they will be strong advocates for both the organization and youths involved in agriculture.”

    This year’s NYAC include Hunter Cardinal, Minnesota, Marissa Holinka, South Dakota, Jessica Jurcek, Wisconsin, Ben Lehman, Iowa, Shaun Heier, North Dakota and Kirsten VanDerPol, Minnesota. This is the first time in over five years Minnesota has been represented by NYAC.

    Hunter and the other five delegates left for Washington D.C. on Friday, Sept. 8.