Through involvement in the Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Program and Farm Bureau as a whole, women are developing their strengths as agricultural professionals, 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 94th Annual Meeting.
"The program had an outstanding year in 2012," said Gilbert. "Farm Bureau Women are developing and achieving personal and professional goals. They also are using training and knowledge to tell their stories to decision makers, lawmakers, teachers, students and consumers," she said.
Gilbert challenged women in Farm Bureau to strive to improve their skills and find more opportunities to tell agriculture's story.
Sue Billiot of Arkansas, Marieta Hauser of Kansas, Vicki Malloy of Washington state and Debbi Tanner of Connecticut were nominated for election to two-year terms on the committee. Gilbert was nominated for re-election as chair of the committee and Sherry Saylor of Arizona was nominated for re-election as vice chair. The AFBF delegate body will vote on the nominations at the conclusion of the organization's annual meeting.
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.
In April the biennial National Women's Leadership Conference coordinated by the committee will be held in Las Vegas. Gilbert noted that the conference, with the theme "Engaged, Empowered, Strong" is open to all Farm Bureau women and will provide numerous opportunities for professional development.
Further, the committee annually sponsors the Women's Communications Boot Camp, an intensive training seminar held each July that is open to all Farm Bureau women.