Welcome to Marion County Farm Bureau’s first Farm Bureau member spotlight blog! Every month, MCFB will feature spotlight blogs on board members and new members so you can get to know them a little better. Our first spotlight blog features Marion County Farm Bureau’s board president, Lisa Shumaker. Lisa is originally from Marion and graduated from River Valley High School. She obtained an agricultural business degree from Iowa State. Lisa is married to Jason and they have a sweet three-year-old daughter, Violet and cute baby boy, Brady. To learn more about Lisa, read her interview below.
Besides Farm Bureau, how are you active in the community? Church/civic groups/school etc…? Farm Bureau takes up a lot of my time. I do attend St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo, as well.
What and where do you farm? I grew up showing livestock and being active in 4-H and FFA. I am an appraiser at AgCredit, where I appraise farm real estate.
How long have you worked for AgCredit? I have been there for nine years.
Why did you decide to work in agriculture? I decided to work in agriculture after growing up showing livestock and being active in 4-H and FFA. I have always been around agriculture and love working with farm families at AgCredit.
Why do you think it’s important to know where your food comes from? It’s important for farmers to engage with consumers so they can understand how food is produced and make the best decisions for their families at the grocery store.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? What do you see as the biggest benefit? I am a Farm Bureau member because it gives me the opportunity to tell agriculture’s story and engage with consumers.
What Farm Bureau programs are you most active in? My sister, Leslie Jordan, and I coordinate the Farm to Family Program. We host cooking demonstrations at different charities and give participating families meal kits so they can prepare a meal at home. We also work with students in the Harding XL program at Harding High School. We do five sessions on cooking, meal planning, food safety and budgeting. At the last session each student is paired with a volunteer and given $35 to grocery shop for meals out of the Farm to Family cookbook.
We also coordinate Farm to Feast which is a dinner at a local farm and serves as the Farm to Family fundraiser.
What are your hobbies besides farming? My family enjoys camping and boating at Lake Erie.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I have traveled to Europe three times and would love to go back someday. I enjoy seeing historical sites and enjoying different foods.
Thank you Lisa for sharing. Now you know more about your county president and what she is involved in with Farm Bureau.