Melba Loyd, District 10 woman leader
Newly elected District 10 Woman Leader Melba Loyd. Photo courtesy of Melba Loyd
Floyd County’s Melba Loyd is ready to serve the members of IFB District 10 as the new district woman leader. While she’s still new enough to the role that she doesn’t know everything she might come across, she looks forward to opportunities to gain and spread knowledge.
“I never want to become stale, [and] you are never too old to learn new things,” she said. “I love meeting new people from all over the state and United States, sharing thoughts and ideas.”
She had just completed a term as Floyd County Farm Bureau woman leader before being elected District 10 woman leader. She has served in many roles at the county level, including policy development chairman, secretary, county fair committee and Ag Day committee.
The New Albany High School graduate is married to her high school sweetheart, Richard. Both had small farm backgrounds and were eager raise their family in a similar situation.
“Five years after marriage we purchased a 30-acre corn field in Floyd County and built our part-time family farm from scratch,” she said. “We raised Angus beef cattle, swine, alfalfa hay, corn and soybeans.”
The couple has three grown children, all of whom were 4-H members, and six grandchildren. The Loyds have retired from raising cattle, swine, corn and soybeans, but still grow alfalfa hay.
Off the farm, she worked as a medical assistant and spent 15 years being a homemaker with her three children. She retired a few years ago from the Purdue Extension Service – Floyd County after spending 17 years as administrative assistant and office manager.
Her volunteer work includes several years as a 4-H leader. Currently she volunteers at Floyd Memorial Hospital as information clerk and judges 4-H projects at local county fairs.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, knitting, gardening, flower gardening, reading, shopping, grandchildren, exercise and sewing.