From a young age, Annabelle Stokes new she wanted to participate in the agriculture industry. As she grew older, she realized becoming an advocate for agriculture was how she was destined to live her life. This year, she plans to do just that as the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation 2019 Women’s Ambassador.

“When I started my higher education, I decided to become more involved in advocating,” Stokes says. “What better way to become an advocate than by joining an organization that serves as the voice of agriculture in Mississippi? I decided to enter this contest and see if I could use my voice through Farm Bureau.”

Stokes grew up on a diversified farming operation in Elba, Alabama, where she learned to raise cattle, farm row crops and grow timber. She holds an undergraduate degree in agriculture communications from Auburn University, and is currently working to obtain a master’s degree in agriculture and extension education from Mississippi State University.

“I grew up participating in 4-H and FFA programs,” Stokes says. “The lessons I learned through those organizations encouraged my drive to pursue both of my degrees.”

Although Stokes keeps a busy schedule, she is excited to have the opportunity to represent MFBF in 2020.

“I’m looking forward to getting to speak with new people, reach new audiences and get to know new farmers in Mississippi,” she says.