Local farmer becomes first woman with the N.C. Farm Bureau to serve a national leadership position

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — People in cities are not the only ones struggling in the pandemic. Farmers are, too.

They’re trying to grow and supply goods to families and businesses while making sure their own families and workers are fed. But some in agriculture face other obstacles. Women are becoming leaders in what some consider “male-dominated industries,” including farming here in the east.

The American Farm Bureau formed a long time before it had a women’s committee, but members of that committee have a mission of their own. They’re reaching out to female farmers, helping them develop communication and leadership skills within the ag industry.

Women are still a minority in this business but their numbers are growing. Lorenda Overman was recently elected to be Vice-Chair of the Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. She is the first woman with the North Carolina Farm Bureau to serve in a national leadership position.

“I think that women’s’ appearance and seat at the table in these county Farm Bureau meetings and State Farm meetings and now the national level,” Overman said. “I think it’s very important, and I think it’s respected now. It may not be normal, it may not be a majority yet, but it is respected and it is happening more and more and I like that.”

Overman said it’s important to see women be part of major decisions in this industry.

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