Members of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Leadership Program traveled to the state Capitol to educate legislators and visitors about agriculture during Women’s Day at the Capitol earlier this year.
The group of women spent their morning hosting a reception in the Capitol Rotunda for legislators and their staff, as well as Capitol visitors. This afforded MFBF’s women with the opportunity to answer questions about agriculture and share information about the role women play in the Mississippi farming community.
“I think it’s very important for the women to let the legislators known what we do around the state of Mississippi to promote agriculture,” State Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Betty Mills says. “We are active not only on our farms, but in our communities in hopes of teaching others the importance of agriculture.”
MFBF 2019 Women’s Ambassador Annabelle Stokes believes there is no better time than now to be a woman in agriculture.
“Right now, our presence as women is ever growing, and it’s very important for us to be here to show that to our leaders,” she says. “Farm Bureau provides our farmers with such a powerful voice here at the Capitol, and I think it’s important for us to do our part in showing up so they can truly see our grassroots system at work.”
Although it was her first time to attend Women’s Day at the Capitol, Madison County Farm Bureau member Joy Foy jumped right in, helping with the day’s activities.
“This is a wonderful way to remind our legislators that we farmers matter,” she says. “We women are known for getting things done, and for our talking and always having an opinion. What better traits to have than those when promoting farming. I think what we’re doing is a positive thing for our farmers.”
To conclude their activities at the Capitol building, the group of women heard from Secretary of State Michael Watson, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Chuck Younger, Senate Agriculture Committee Vice-Chair Ben Suber, House Agriculture Committee Chair Bill Pigott, House Agriculture Committee Vice-Chair Vince Mangold, Senator Jenifer Branning and Representative Lataisha Jackson.
MFBF President Mike McCormick is proud of the Women’s Leadership Program for representing MFBF at the Mississippi Capitol.
“The women in our organization do a great job of educating our communities and leaders about agriculture,” McCormick says. “I applaud all of the women who participated in Women’s Day at the Capitol for their involvement.”