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Farm Bureau Women: Engaged, Empowered, Strong

HONOLULU, January 9, 2012 – “Engaged, Empowered, Strong” was announced as the 2012-2013 theme of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd Annual Meeting. AFB Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Terry Gilbert explained the new theme of the program during the annual business meeting of the AFB Women.

“By engaged, I mean that our program provides opportunities for women to get involved in an organization that represents all of agriculture,” said Gilbert, a farmer from Danville, Ky., who raises corn and cattle. “’Empowered’ describes how Farm Bureau Women use their training and knowledge to tell their stories in authentic, dynamic ways—to consumers, lawmakers, teachers, students and others.”

Gilbert noted that Farm Bureau Women “really stepped up their social media game in 2011, forging connections with consumers and responding to questions about what we do on our farms and ranches to produce food.” She urged members to continue consider using social media to help put a face on agriculture.

Elaborating on the final facet of the tri-part theme, Gilbert said, “’Strong’ reflects how the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee helps women build on their strengths, as agricultural professionals and leaders. This refers especially to speaking up and speaking out about agricultural and legislative issues.”

A National Women’s Leadership Conference coordinated by the committee every two years is open to all Farm Bureau women and provides ample opportunities for professional development. More than 600 attendees participated in the 2011 conference; the next one is planned for 2013 in Las Vegas.

The committee annually sponsors the Women’s Communications Boot Camp, an intensive training seminar that is open to all Farm Bureau women. Coming up in February, the committee and Farm Bureaus around the nation will hold consumer outreach events during Food Check-Out Week while also supporting Ronald McDonald Houses and other charities with food and monetary donations.

Committee members Isabella Chism of Indiana and Beth Pool of New Jersey were nominated for re-election to two-year terms on the committee. Denise Hymel of Louisiana and Lillian Ostendorf of Montana were nominated for election to two-year terms. The AFBF delegate body will vote on the nominations at the conclusion of the organization’s annual meeting.

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