Finding a Voice
Amy France wasn’t looking to break any barriers when she decided to seek election to the National Sorghum Producers board of directors.
It wasn’t until after she was elected and took office in November that France became aware that she had made history as the first female on the board.
“My goal is to represent women in agriculture and this was the first chance for a woman to sit at this table,” says France who, with her husband, Clint, operates a cow-calf, crop production operation north of Marienthal.
France, however, has a much bigger vision than what happens around a board table. She wants to use her role as an opportunity to tell the story of agriculture which will also benefit all sorghum producers.
“Ag is shifting its focus on how we communicate and share our story,” says France. “If we’re not visiting with lawmakers, if we’re not talking to people who have no connection to the farm then we’re in a losing battle.”
Producers need to tell their story about chemical use on crops, antibiotics in livestock and even the difficulties that comes with farming.
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