Sherry Saylor has retired as American Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee chair. All who know her will miss her.

In her farewell address (Sherry's Speech PPT_MG.pdf), she was encouraging and inspiring. But what will this leader of leaders be up to from here on out?

Well, we asked her, and here’s what she said.

Arizona Agriculture: So, are you going to hang up your volunteer leadership hat? What’s next?

Saylor: I am a Farm Bureau addict in the best sense of the word! I love this organization that has given so much to me and our family. I am looking forward to having more time to invest in my own state as a volunteer leader. I would love to spend more time educating our youth with the wonderful resources we have in our Ag in the Classroom program. I will always be willing to speak up for farmers and ranchers in any venue that is available. I hope to continue to advocate with our elected leaders at the local, state and national level. I would also like to continue to do some motivational speaking on the topic of leadership if the opportunity or need is there. Basically, I want to stay involved in the Arizona Farm Bureau as well as the American Farm Bureau in any way that is helpful to spread the wonderful message of agriculture. 

Arizona Agriculture: Are you excited about what’s ahead and why?

Saylor: I am excited about the future because I believe this is a great time to engage with the consumer about who we are as farmers and ranchers. We live in a time when people actually care about what we do and how we do it. We can be transparent and open about the best management practices we utilize on our farms to help produce the abundant and high-quality food that we do. Innovation and technology continue to change how our farms look ---but what hasn't changed is that the majority of farms in this country are family-owned. What hasn't changed is the commitment to excellence that America's farmers and ranchers possess. We share the same values with the consumers we serve when it comes to wanting high quality, safe, and nutritious food. With access to social media and all the communication options available there is no better time than the present to engage with those we serve.

For a full take on her leadership philosophy, you might like to read “National Leader Shares Her Passion for Volunteerism.”

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