A passion for farming, family, friends and Farm Bureau leads Cole and Sammie Coxbill in the work they do for agriculture.  This young couple, members of the Goshen County Farm Bureau, have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee for 2015-17.  The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S.

“Farm Bureau’s YF&R Committee members play a vital role in advocating for agriculture while further building their leadership abilities,” AFBF President Bob Stallman said. “The commitment and quality of the young agriculturalists who volunteer to serve are always impressive, and this year is no different. It’s clear that the future of farming and ranching is in good hands.”

“We believe strongly in the work that Farm Bureau does for farmers and ranchers,” Cole stated.  “We look forward to the opportunity to have an impact on the policies that affect farmers and ranchers in this country as well as the opportunity to improve our leadership skills and create lasting friendships.”

Cole and Sammie farm near Huntley, on the Coxbill family farm, which was homesteaded in 1929 by Cole’s great-grandfather.  Cole works with his dad on the farm.  They raise corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, dry edible beans and wheat and they have a cow-calf operation and a feedlot.   Cole also owns a commercial spraying and trucking business.  Sammie works part-time as a nutritionist for the WIC program.  They have three children:  Emmett, Connor and Carlee.

Sammie grew up in Crook County and graduated from Sundance High School. Her parents raise Black Angus cattle on a cow-calf and bred heifer operation northeast of Sundance. The ranch was homesteaded in 1878 by Sammie’s great-great-grandfather.

Cole was also recently elected as the State Chair of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher Committee.  This leadership position is a one-year term that also holds a seat on the WyFB Board of Directors. 

“Cole and Sammie are full of enthusiasm and passion for agriculture and Farm Bureau,” said Wyoming Farm Bureau President Perry Livingston.  “They are a real asset to Farm Bureau in Wyoming.  We are excited for the opportunity they have to serve and grow on the national level.”

The Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. Learn more online at www.wyfb.org.