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Women Step Up at Farm Bureau Leadership, Advocacy Summit

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Women involved in the American Farm Bureau Federation had an opportunity to strengthen their leadership and advocacy skills during Farm Bureau’s Women’s ACE Summit in Washington, D.C., this week.

ACE — Advocate, Cultivate, Empower — focuses on inspiring and equipping women in agriculture to be strong leaders and advocates by offering advocacy training, networking and leadership development.

“ACE is a perfect example of a first step for leadership,” said Rosella Mosby, a vegetable farmer from Auburn, Wash., and president of Washington Farm Bureau.

Leadership is about stepping up when you feel you can contribute, she said, speaking to Capital Press during a break in summit activities.

The ACE Summit brings together a group of women from around the country to engage and advocate, giving them confidence and empowering them to do that, she said.

It helps women feel more comfortable with messaging and gives them a better understanding of policy. Women walk away feeling empowered to influence. It gives women the confidence to advocate and shows them the resources to set themselves up for successful advocacy, she said.