Wisconsin Student To Lead National Group

The National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow elected five students from Arkansas, Texas and Wisconsin to serve as 2022-23 officers until July 2023. The new team will lead over 400 student and associate members in opportunities to learn and grow in agricultural communications.

President: Michelle Stangler

Stangler is a junior at UW-River Falls studying agricultural marketing communications and journalism with a minor in agricultural business. She was born and raised on a small dairy farm in Watertown, Wisconsin and now has a few chickens. Active in both 4-H and FFA, she spent time volunteering, competing, and serving as a state FFA officer in 2019-2020.

While in college, Michelle has become involved with Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow with ambitions to grow the organization. She is also an active student member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting alongside campus organizations including Collegiate Farm Bureau and the campus radio station WRFW.

After experiences in broadcasting, communications, and marketing through programs and internships, including with Mid-West Farm Report, she is more inspired to continue sharing the positive stories of agriculture. She hopes to have her own business one day connecting consumers to agriculture in direct marketing while continuing to freelance.

In addition to her love for agriculture, Michelle enjoys giving back to the community, traveling, and being with family.

Vice President is Jace Wilkey, a junior at Texas A&M University majoring in agricultural communications and journalism.

Secretary and Treasurer John “JD” Taylor is a junior at Texas A&M University working on his bachelor’s in agricultural communications and journalism.

Member Relations Coordinator Noralee Townsend is a junior at the University of Arkansas majoring in agricultural communications and agricultural leadership with a minor in agricultural business.

Communications Coordinator Olivia Larson is a junior at the University of Arkansas majoring in agricultural communications with minors in agricultural leadership and marketing.

National ACT offers many opportunities including membership to several agricultural organizations. It also hosts contests and gives out awards to distinguished members of the agricultural industry. They have strong support from industry professionals and organizations that encourage success of students with an interest in agricultural communications. Those interested in becoming a supporter of the National ACT are encouraged to visit https://nactnow.org/sponsors/.