Meet the women making a difference in their communities.
Frances Price is the chair of the Women's Leadership Committee. She serves on the committee because it gives her an opportunity to help share the farm story to those not involved in agriculture. She and her husband, Phil, raise goats, timber and run an agribusiness retail store on their farm in Gilbert. Additionally they have raised corn, soybeans, fruits and vegetables, as well as cattle and hogs. Price's Country Store is celebrating 77 years as family owned-and-run business.
Kristi Shirer lives with her husband on their family farm in the Lone Star Community of Calhoun County. Since 1976, they have raised hogs, beef cattle, thoroughbred horses, tilapia, corn, wheat, rye, coastal Bermuda hay, soybeans, cotton, peanuts and timber. Kristi is passionate about teaching others about the importance of agriculture, especially because she herself did not grow up on a farm.
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Joye Davis has helped her husband and father farm in Sumter County for more than 45 years. They have cattle, cotton, soybeans, peanuts, wheat and corn. They also run a fertilizer plant, grain buying facilities and cotton gins. A retired librarian, Joye loved to share her agriculture knowledge with her students and still enjoys talking about farming with classrooms in her community.
Janice Wood lives with her husband on a small 125-acre farm in Anderson County. On their farm, they grow cotton, soybeans, wheat and hay. Serving on the Women's Leadership Committee has allowed her to promote the Youth Programs SCFB offers. She believes that by working together, Farm Bureau grows stronger.
Carolyn and her husband harvest over 600 acres of hay on their land. She serves on the committee because she loves to help plan agricultural activities for the Farm Bureau women all across South Carolina. Her favorite activity is handing out agricultural books to local schools and seeing the joy on the children's faces as they learn about where their food comes from.
Nikki Seibert Kelley
Nikki lives in Charleston and facilitates the SC Food Hub Network and oversees the SC Local Food Roadmap project. She is passionate about lowering barriers for women to participate in agriculture and wants to create opportunities for women to support each other through mentorship and networking. She dreams of one day owning her own farm.
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Megan and her husband Richard, along with their eight-year-old daughter Lyla, have produced tobacco, corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat over the past 13 years. Currently, they also have a cornmeal and grits business where they grow, grind and package their own cornmeal and grits. Megan has a deep love for sustaining the future of agriculture and, particularly, women in agriculture. Being part of the Women's Leadership Committee provides her an outlet to pursue her passion!
Marilyn and her husband have owned and operated Eastglen Jersey Farm in Laurens County for 54 years. They are a 3rd generation family farm and produce over 6 million pounds of milk per year. Marilyn serves on the committee because she loves to be a spokesperson for American agriculture. She has also volunteered with 4-H and FFA for many years and enjoys supporting ag literacy programs.