American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) announced its top Go Team Members for 2021 and Arizona Farm Bureau member Nancy Caywood of Casa Grande, Arizona is one of them. Her commitment to telling her personal farm story and Arizona agriculture’s story truly highlights a year with more than 30 media interviews in the record books this past year.
“I would like to thank American Farm Bureau, Arizona Farm Bureau and Pinal County Farm Bureau for the many hours of training, opportunities and support you have given me,” said Caywood, who farms with her family in Pinal County. “Advocating for agriculture Is my passion and I hope I am effective at conveying messages that will benefit farmers and ranchers. Thank you, Julie Murphree, for sharing my name and connecting me with media opportunities. I feel honored to have been chosen as a GO Team Member of the Year and was very surprised to receive the news from President Zippy Duvall! Thank you to everyone who had a hand in this honor.”
Adrienne DeSutter of Illinois and Tyson Roberts of Utah were also selected AFBF’s 2021 GO Team members of the Year.
“All three went above and beyond in their advocacy efforts over the past year,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “Their work included numerous media interviews, engagement with lawmakers, elected officials and candidates, and proactive work on social media to share information on important agricultural issues.
“We are very proud of these three GO Team members and the rest of the group. GO Team members continue to answer the call when asked and excel in key advocacy tactics for Farm Bureau.”
"Nancy is an amazing person and advocate for agriculture," said Arizona Farm Bureau President Stefanie Smallhouse. "Spending any time with her is like a shot in the arm of optimism because no matter what she and her family are going through on the farm, she greets you with a smile and a positive attitude. This is a big reason why her message about farming resonates with people and leaves them wanting to know more and understand more."
“I’ve never known a more dedicated person when it comes to answering the call to respond to media,” said Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director Julie Murphree. “She never turned down one of my media queries. And this was during a time when national media descended upon Arizona like never before because of our drought issues and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Tier One shortage declaration. We’ve never had to field that many media queries in one single year. Nancy always rose to the occasion.”