“The numbers show that we are no longer on the sidelines,” Norris says. “I encourage all women involved in agriculture to step up and seek leadership positions that interest them. We deserve the same seat at the table as any other farmer or rancher.” Further, in her experience, “If you are willing to step up and speak out on issues affecting you and topics you are passionate about, and take on the projects you can lead well, you will be recognized and respected as a leader.”
Norris, who owns an ag marketing company, describes her Farm Bureau leadership experience – both in Florida and on the national level – as “an incredible platform to represent agriculture, share the importance of our industry and truly be the voice of agriculture.”
While acknowledging that being a young woman in the male-dominated field of agriculture poses some challenges, “That did not keep me from advocating for the industry I am incredibly passionate about,” Norris says.
Norris also serves on AFBF's Grassroots Outreach (GO) Team. AFBF is featuring her and several other women leaders in agriculture as part of its Women In Ag series during March (Women’s History Month).