Women's Committee

Faye Hundley

Women’s State Chair

Faye Hundley, Women’s State Chair

Cloverfield Enterprises

Essex County

Years in Farming: 34 years

Operation: Corn, soybeans, wheat, barley and hay

Number of Acres: 7,500

Other Occupation: Secretary, bookkeeper, asst. vice president - bank operations

What I like best about farming - the passion, drive, and the feeling of pride we have as a family for growing crops that impact the world. The Women's Program is nurturing, encouraging and engages ladies from across the state in promoting agriculture.

Susan Smith

Capital District Leader

Capital District Leader Susan Smith

Rocky Acres

Powhatan County

Years in Farming: I have lived on a farm just about all my life. I grew up on a 200-acre tobacco, soybean, wheat, hay and beef cattle farm in Pittsylvania County.

Operation: Square-baled orchard grass hay and pine trees grow on our Powhatan County farm.

Number of Acres: 70

Other Occupation: I was a stay-at-home mother of three children for seven years but also taught elementary school for 29 years. After retiring I became involved with Powhatan County Farm Bureau and have served as chairman of their Women's Committee and on their board of directors for three years. Digging in the dirt to plant flowers and vegetables is just in my blood! I love the space around me to be a mixture of open fields with growing crops, grazing animals and trees reaching for the sky. I love that my neighbors can neither see in my windows nor hear my conversations. I appreciate Farm Bureau’s work and support for our farming community. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of agriculture with others.

Sarah Large

Central District Leader

Central District Sarah Large

Cherry Hill Farm

Buckingham County

Years in Farming: I have been involved in agriculture my entire life but did not become involved in production agriculture until meeting my husband in 2010.

Operation: We finish on average 20,000 gilts each year for Smithfield Foods, and we also have a cow-calf beef cattle operation.

Number of Acres: Approximately 1,100

My husband and I are very blessed to be able to make our living farming, which gives us the opportunity to work alongside each other every day, along with our two children. The Women's Program gives me the opportunity to go out into the community and educate others on the importance of agriculture. In an ever-changing society the general public is becoming more and more disconnected from farm life. I am thankful for the opportunity to raise awareness and provide valuable knowledge about where our food comes from.

Becky Broaddus

Eastern District Leader

Eastern District Leader Becky Broaddus

Spring Hill Farm

Caroline County

Years in Farming: All of my life. I have always been involved in some form of agriculture and/or with animals

Operation: Corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, hay and beef cattle

Number of Acres: Approximately 900

Other Occupation: Retired from Caroline County Public Schools and working part time with my nieces as head baker at The Mix House Coffee & Bakery Shop

Farming provides an opportunity to see something from start to finish. It’s seasonal and there’s always something different going on. I love the country life and being able to be a part of the agricultural world. The Women’s Program gives me a chance to give back and work with other women who have similar interests.

Jessica Gwaltney

Midwest District Leader

Midwest District Leader Jessica Gwaltney

Gwaltney Farms (family farm) in Nansemond County

Giles County

Years in Farming: All of my life.

Operation: Cow/calf, small animals, corn, soybeans, cotton and participation in USDA Farm-To-School Program

Number of Acres: 35 (Land Lab)

Other Occupation: Agriculture education instructor, Narrows High School Agricultural Land Lab

Julia Stephens

New River District Leader

 Julia Stephens

Wythe County

Years in Farming: 30

Operation: Dairy cows, beef cattle, mixed forage hay and pasture

Number of Acres: 350

Other Occupation: Program technician with the Farm Service Agency

I enjoy farming and the wide-open spaces associated with it. I also enjoy watching the seasons change. Participating with the Women’s Committee allows me to promote agriculture with like-minded people and to make long-term friends.

Jamie Pence

Northern District Leader

Northern District Leader Jamie Pence

Pence Family Farms

Shenandoah County

Years in Farming: 10 years

Operation: Beef cattle and hay

Number of Acres: 125

Other Occupation: Learning development specialist

I love that the Women's Committee allows me to gain leadership skills by interacting with other women in my county and from different parts of the state . I enjoy being a continuing advocate for agriculture and a relationship builder for Farm Bureau with ladies that share a love for agriculture.

Susan Harrell

Southeast District Leader

Southeast District Leader Susan Harrell

Forest Glen Farms

Greensville County

Years in Farming: 39 years

Operation: Soybeans, small herd of Angus cattle, hay production to accommodate wintertime feeding. We have raised tobacco, peanuts, cotton, bell peppers and corn over our tenure as crop stewards.

Number of Acres: 151

Other Occupation: Full-time office manager with Georgia Pacific LLC Wood & Fiber Supply

I like the sense of pride and fulfillment watching your crops grow and mature, as well as being an integral part of feeding our nation! Interacting with other ladies from across the state, sharing ideas, being an advocate, expressing myself and the proud passion that I have for agriculture.

Kristal Harris

Southside District Leader

Southside District Leader Kristal Harris

Harris Farms

Pittsylvania County

Years in Farming: My husband and I are first generation Virginia farmers. While my husband has always been involved in production agriculture, we started our family farming operation in 2005.

Number of Acres: 500

Operation: In 2003 my husband and I purchased his great-grandfather’s farmland and began our farming operation. I am very pleased that our three children are getting to grow up on our farm. We have a poultry breeder house and are the owner/operators of Golden Leaf Speckle Park, where we raise purebred and commercial Speckle Park cattle. We were the first Speckle Park breeders in Virginia, and currently market our genetics in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Other Occupation: High School Business & Marketing Education Teacher

I am very thankful that I am able to be a part of Virginia agriculture. Being involved in the women's committee gives me a chance to help share agriculture with my community and be an advocate for the agriculture industry.

Carolyn Neal

Southwest District Leader

Southwest District Leader Carolyn Neal

Tazewell County

Years in Farming: 35

Operation: I live on a beef cattle, hay and tobacco farm.

Number of Acres: 125

Other Occupation: I am a retired elementary school teacher.

I enjoy working with the State Women’s Committee on projects that help educate children about agriculture.

Margaret Arbogast

Valley District Leader

Valley District Leader Margaret Arbogast

Arbogast Farms, Peaked Mountain Farm

Rockingham County

Years in Farming: 12 years; I married a third-generation farmer

Operation: Broiler chickens, beef cattle, sheep, corn and hay

Number of Acres: Approximately 1,200

Other Occupation: Mother of three beautiful children, part-time clinical pharmacist at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

Nursing a lamb back to health, teaching my children the value of hard work and having three generations of family working together and creating a bright future for our children.