Two Montana Senior Youth
Elected to National Farmers Union Youth Council

For Immediate Release 
August 24, 2004 

AURORA, Colo. - Andy Garfield from Great Falls, and Natasha Vidrine from Billings, were part of a select group of youth from Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin who attended the National Farmers Union 2004 All-States Leadership Camps in Bailey, Colorado, this summer. At the conclusion of the camps, eight individuals were elected to serve on the national youth council by their camp peers.

Garfield will be a sophomore at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he is pursuing Fine Arts and Drama Education degrees. This past summer he helped staff MFU summer camps. He is the son of Marie Boothe of Ashland and Steve Garfield of Great Falls.

Vidrine is a Billings West High School graduate with plans to attend Montana State University majoring in business. She received the Farmers Union Torchbearer award in 2003, has volunteered as camp dean, and was on the summer camp staff this year. She is the daughter of Brenda Vidrine and Kip Vidrine of Billings.

The NFU Youth Advisory Council members will represent approximately 10,000 Farmers Union youth nationwide at NFU's annual convention in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition, they will assist in planning the 2005 All-States Leadership Camp season, and will serve as camp counselors in 2005.

"All-States Camp provides opportunities for campers to enhance both their individual and cooperative leadership skills, build friendships with young people from different parts of the United States and learn more about Farmers Union," said NFU Director of Education Jennifer Luitjens Bahr.

In addition to Garfield and Vidrine, the 2005 youth council includes: Jenna Brower, Anadarko, Okla; Max Burke-Scoll, Wheeler, Wis.; Josh Friesz, Flasher, N.D.; Brad Honish, Tomah, Wis.; Amanda Lee, DeSmet, S.D., and Ashley Sieg, Drake, N.D.

"All-States Camp builds leaders for the future of Farmers Union and recognizes the achievements of those in attendance," explained NFU President Dave Frederickson. "Farmers Union is proud of these young people and is dedicated to assisting in their educational and leadership development."