Board FAQs

Who is the ideal Board candidate?

There is no “ideal” Board candidate. Instead, AgriSafe wants its Board to include individuals with diverse work, life, social, and educational backgrounds so that it can make well-rounded decisions that reflect its entire membership. AgriSafe seeks true diversity — in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, industry, location, and work role in its Board. The ideal candidate should be prepared and willing to serve.

What do Board volunteers do?

Board members are responsible for strategically thinking, planning and evaluating on behalf of AgriSafe. While AgriSafe staff typically execute programs, the Board is responsible for envisioning the program, setting their direction and evaluating them for progress and success.

What do Board volunteers get in return for their service?

Previous AgriSafe Board members have attested to the tremendous value of Board service. In addition to impressive line items for their resumes, they have reported significant professional and personal benefits including:

  • the opportunity to meet and work with other leaders,
  • the chance to share their own knowledge, expertise and training with others,
  • professional recognition that elevates their stature within their own organizations and within the community at large,
  • valuable work experience that opens the door to new career opportunities, and
  • relationships with new friends and lifelong mentors.

What type of reimbursement for travel is available?

Board members will receive up to $300 per board meeting for reimbursement of travel expenses.

How much time does Board service require?

Although Board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participating in Board meetings, the time commitment is not onerous. The AgriSafe Board meets twice a year for a full day. In addition, each member of the Board serves on one or more of the committees and should be available to participate in regular committee calls.

What’s the nominating process?

AgriSafe will accept Board nominations on a continuous basis. Candidates will be elected by a board of directors vote. Nominations can be submitted to Lynnie Smith (

Have questions? Contact Chief Executive Officer Natalie Roy ( for more information.