Rick Roden of West Bend, Wisconsin, has been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. His two-year term will begin at the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Feb. 17-20.

“I’m very excited about being a part of this national committee of my peers and I look forward to representing Wisconsin to the best of my abilities,” Roden said.

Roden is a 27-year-old dairy farmer who served on the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist Committee from 2008 to 2010. In 2010, he was chair of the committee for Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35.

Roden is a graduate of West Bend High School and the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Farm & Industry Short Course. In 2005, he formed a limited liability corporation consisting of land and livestock with his parents Robert and Cindy Roden. He owns nearly one-fourth of the 400 cows that make up his family’s milking herd.

As a member of this 16-member committee for the nation’s largest general farm organization, Roden will help plan a national leadership conference and the competitive events that occur at the AFBF Annual Meeting for young Farm Bureau members.


Roden, who is a member of the Ozaukee County Farm Bureau, is the first Wisconsin YFA member to serve on the national committee since Randi and Cecelia Brooks served in 2005-06. PD

—From WFBF news release