Women's Leadership Committee
 
Women in Farm Bureau play a vital role in the development of policies and programs and are encouraged to be active in all areas of Farm Bureau.
 
The purpose of the CFBA Women's Leadership Committee is to promote and enrich the entire Connecticut Farm Bureau program, to encourage the involvement of women in the organization as well as to promote, protect, and represent the business, economic, social and educational interests of farm families in the state. 

WLC takes on projects beyond traditional county Farm Bureau activites, expanding the role of Farm Bureau in local communities, especially focused on agricultural education.
 
 
Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee activities include:
 
Agricultural Education 
Connecticut Farm Bureau's Women's Leadership Committee works to educate the public about the benefits of agriculture. Working with the Connecticut Agricultural Education Foundation (CTAEF), WLC coordinates Connecticut's Ag in the Classroom Program.  This year WLC coordinated voluneers to read in more than 150 classrooms for Read Across Connecticut.


Additionally, WLC placed 18 barn-shaped bookcases loaded with agriculture books in school libraries across the state, sponsored by local farm businesses, county Farm Bureaus and the CTAEF.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In 2014 WLC hosted two day-long Local Food Local Farm tours to give consumers a behind-the-scene look at the challenges facing family farming businesses.  This was part of the Connecticut at Work series, funded by the Connecticut Humanities Council.



 








Other education activities that have been coordinated for the public are Farm-City Week, and the Traveling Farm, initiating radio contests about agriculture facts, Food Check-Out Day, County Farm Tours and other events throughout the year.
 
Leadership Development 
Members learn to become more effective spokespersons for agriculture as well as develop the skills needed to be effective Farm Bureau leaders at the county, state and national level. 

The Ag Business Forum planning is underway 2017, presenting the opportunity for members to network with the community and participate in educational seminars.

Our members proactively attend leadership development conferences and other AFBF conferences to gain new ideas and skills training.
 
Legislative Program 
Members become involved in letter writing and phone campaigns, sponsor county meet-the-candidate meetings and make personal contacts with legislators regarding Farm Bureau issues.  Legislators and their staff look forward to the locally grown foods served by the WLC at Ag Day at the Capitol each year.

 
Political Influence 
Working with political education programs, members strive to help others in agriculture learn more about the political process.
 
The current State Women's Leadership Committee members are:
 
Chair - Debbi Tanner  (Also  serves as Northeast Regional Representative to American Farm Bureau WLC)
Fairfield County - Carolyn Sepe
Hartford County - open
Litchfield County - Catherine Wolko
Middlesex County - Andi Hills
New Haven County - Mary Ellen Wettemann
New London County - Wayne Budney
Tolland County - Melissa Higgins
Windham County - Carolyn Huff

For additional information regarding the Women's Committee please contact Debbi Tanner at (860)779-0837 or email at creamerybrookbison@sbcglobal.net

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