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Chism re-elected to AFB Women’s Leadership Committee

Isabella Chism, IFB 2nd vice president, and Marybeth Feutz, Gibson County Farm Bureau, served as delegates at the 95th annual AFBF convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Indiana Farm Bureau 2nd Vice President Isabella Chism was re-elected to the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee during the national organization's annual convention this week.

This is Chism's third term on the national committee, which develops programs and materials that will empower women in Farm Bureau to strive for and attain leadership positions to strengthen the overall organization.

Terry Gilbert, a Kentucky farmer who serves as chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee, challenged women in Farm Bureau to strive to improve their communication and leadership skills and find more opportunities to get involved in policy issues important to agriculture.

“Learn as much as you can about issues that affect farmers and ranchers, such as the farm bill and the need for immigration reform,” Gilbert said. “Step up and use your listening and communication skills.”

Gilbert announced “Growing Strong” as the 2014-2015 theme for the program of work of the AFB Women’s Leadership Program.

“Women have always been a powerful force in agriculture, in business, as entrepreneurs and in our communities,” said Gilbert. “Our new program of work reflects this reality and provides a strategic platform for Farm Bureau women to improve their skills and become compelling advocates in sharing the importance of modern agriculture.”

At the convention, Gilbert and the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee introduced “Our Food Link,” a new year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus can use to reach consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture. The roll-out of the program included the distribution of a planning toolkit and publicity tools (available for download at to help Farm Bureau members start thinking about projects that will engage people in their communities.

Chism and her husband, Kent, farm in Howard County, raising corn, soybeans and sweet corn. They have three grown children, all of whom are married with children. Their two daughters and sons-in-law farm with them.

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