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Wyoming ag leadership program graduates 12th class

Feb 8, 2013 - From staff reports

CASPER -- Fourteen Wyoming producers and agribusiness men and women graduated from the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development program's Class 12 at a ceremony in Saratoga in January.

The 14-month training program, sponsored in part by the Wyoming Business Council's Agribusiness Division, began in November 2011.

Throughout the program, fellows participate in educational seminars in an effort to enhance their leadership skills and understanding of all aspects of agriculture and policy making.

Class 12 graduates include:

- Deanna Crofts, of Riverton, is a case manager for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. She and her husband also operate a cow/calf operation in Fremont County. Crofts was named Fremont County Ag Woman of the Year in 2011 by the Riverton Chamber of Commerce.

- Alex Malcolm, of Kinnear, is a 4-H educator with the University of Wyoming Extension providing programming for livestock producers and 4-H youth. Malcolm is a member of the Wyoming and National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

- Mary McAleenan, of Kinnear, is an ag producer operating a 275-acre farm and ranch in Fremont County for hay and alfalfa, as well as a 10-lamb herd for wool production. The wool from her operation is woven into rugs and throws which she markets at craft shows.

- Scott Priebe, of Riverton, along with his wife is the owner and operator of Wyoming Ag Marketing, LLC. He grew up farming and ranching on his family's operation in Indiana and purchased his own farm in the late 2000s. He received an honorary membership degree from the Shoshone FFA chapter in 2011 for coaching the state's youth FFA winning marketing team.

"This was a great group of individuals, with diverse backgrounds," said Cindy Garretson-Weibel, agribusiness director for the Wyoming Business Council, who oversees the L.E.A.D. program. "With the skills, knowledge and personal growth they gained through the L.E.A.D. program, they will be a great asset to Wyoming agriculture."

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