Sara Lyons of Lisbon has been a member of North Dakota Farmers Union for many years. But not until recently has she and husband, Matt Lyons, become more involved with events and activities.

“We have been members a lot longer than we have been active,” Sara said. “When Matt was elected to the Ransom County board is when we really started to take a greater interest in what the organization was doing.”

Sara farms and ranches alongside Matt and her four children. Matt farms in partnership with his brother while Sara and the children take care of a small herd of cattle.

In addition to farm operation duties, Sara is also a veterinarian at the Enderlin Veterinary Clinic. She keeps a very busy schedule and is always looking to broaden her horizons.

Sara participates every year with various Ransom County Farmers Union events. One of the events she helps with is having a veterinary booth at Harvest North Dakota, which is an event specifically for fourth-graders that features various booths and exhibits so they can learn about agriculture.

This past January, Sara was selected as one of four women to attend the NFU Women’s Conference in San Diego, Calif.

“I have enjoyed activities we have done with NDFU so far,” Sara said. “Networking and getting to know women involved in agricultural roles is so interesting to me, and I wanted to see what else I could learn.”

The NFU Women’s Conference is an annual conference that features numerous speakers from all different backgrounds of agriculture. Their focus always centers on empowering women and connecting them with others in agriculture and leadership positions around the country.

She is also heavily involved with numerous volunteer and leadership roles within her community. Her two top commitments include being a 4-H leader for Heart & Soul in Ransom County and a co-director for Lisbon Community Vacation Bible School.

Sara encourages everyone to be involved and to not hesitate about jumping in and doing something they are passionate about.

“I just want women to be involved with whatever they can,” Sara said. “If your only excuse is that you just don’t want to do something, that’s not a good enough answer. If you have an opinion about something and you’re involved with it, you are just as qualified to speak your mind about something as everybody else.”

— Chelsey Jacobson, NDFU