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Farm Bureau Women: Growing Strong

Newsroom / January 13, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, January 14, 2014 – Active participation in the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program and Farm Bureau as a whole empowers women to be strong and effective leaders in agriculture, according to Terry Gilbert, chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. Gilbert, a cattle and corn farmer from Kentucky, highlighted program successes during the annual business meeting of the AFB Women, held at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention.

Gilbert challenged women in Farm Bureau to strive to improve their communication and leadership skills and find more opportunities to get involved in policy issues important to agriculture.

“Learn as much as you can about issues that affect farmers and ranchers, such as the farm bill and the need for immigration reform,” Gilbert said. “Step up and use your listening and communication skills.”

Gilbert announced “Growing Strong” as the 2014-2015 theme for the program of work of the AFB Women’s Leadership Program.

“Women have always been a powerful force in agriculture, in business, as entrepreneurs and in our communities,” said Gilbert. “Our new program of work reflects this reality and provides a strategic platform for Farm Bureau women to improve their skills and become compelling advocates in sharing the importance of modern agriculture.”

At the convention, Gilbert and the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee introduced “Our Food Link,” a new year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus can use to reach consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture. The roll-out of the program included the distribution of a planning toolkit and publicity tools (available for download at to help Farm Bureau members start thinking about projects that will engage people in their communities.

Isabella Chism of Indiana, Denise Hymel of Louisiana and Lillian Ostendorf of Montana were nominated for re-election to two-year terms on the committee; Joan Myers of Pennsylvania was nominated for election to a two-year term on the committee. The AFBF delegate body will vote on the nominations at the conclusion of the organization’s annual meeting.

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