SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Isabella Chism, 2nd vice president of Indiana Farm Bureau, was reelected chair of the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee at AFBF’s 2023 Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chism was unanimously reelected in the election that took place on Saturday, Jan. 7.
“I am truly honored to continue in this role representing members across the country,” said Chism. “Women in agriculture are passionate advocates and have always been equal partners on our nation’s family farms.
“It is a privilege to lead a committee that develops and empowers women to be leaders in their communities, supporting the mission and policy of Farm Bureau members across the country.”
The AFBF Women’s Leadership program provides women with leadership training, communication skills and networking opportunities to strengthen their ability to encourage positive change in their communities and in the agricultural industry. Two examples of key programs spearheaded by the committee include the biannual Women’s Communication Boot Camp and the annual Women’s Washington D.C. fly-in.
Previous to this role, Chism’s served as vice chair of the AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee. She has served as 2ndvice president of Indiana Farm Bureau for 16 years. Chism serves on the AFBF board of directors as well as the AFBF trade advisory committee.
Chism is currently executive director of Howard County 4-H exhibit association capital projects and an at-large representative on the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council. She also is a member of the Regional Leadership Institute steering committee and a board member for the Agriculture Council of America.
Chism and her husband, Kent, farm in Howard County, raising corn, soybeans and sweet corn.
— Indiana Farm Bureau