I truly believe my participation in Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program launched my ability to make an impact in agriculture. I met people from all over the state and the country that I still keep in touch with today. I have forged relationships and partnerships that have given me many opportunities and platforms to talk, learn and share about food and farming.
Since AgriPOWER, I became a member of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Farm and Ranch Team and attended spokesperson training in Chicago with many other great leaders in agriculture. That experience led me to participate in the first-ever Food Dialogues in Los Angeles.
We can best make an impact on agriculture by stepping out of our comfort zones and communicating with the most influential people in our food system, the consumer. I was asked a few years back to be a part of the CommonGround program. It is a group of farm women from across the country who are given opportunities to share agriculture with the nonfarm public.
In the last few years, I have reached millions of consumers sharing about agriculture. I have also learned a great deal from consumers and enjoy listening to their concerns and learning from them. Hopefully, they can learn something from me as well. It is through building relationships like these that we can move agriculture forward to feed the world with less impact on the environment and more emphasis on meeting consumer needs.
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