Welcome to the blog. My name is Lisa Hightower and I serve as the director of rural development for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, DC. I work with county and state Farm Bureaus to create and implement rural development projects that improve the quality of life in rural communities.
I grew up in rural Alaska and have worked in Florida and Virginia facilitating community development projects and creating educational materials for farmers and local communities. I have a PhD in Agricultural and Extension Education from Virginia Tech. My dissertation research focused on community development, and evaluated the impact of beginning farmer programs across the country.
To learn more about rural development initiatives at the American Farm Bureau Federation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the American Farm Bureau Federation, visit our website at www.fb.org.