Agricultural Leadership Program
Suzanne Malloy, of Robeson County graduated on March 2 from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program.
Suzanne Hodge Malloy, Robeson County, has been a loan officer with Cape Fear Farm Credit since 2014. She is the Assistant Branch Manager of the Lumberton Office, serving farmers in Robeson County. Her husband, Mac Malloy, is an Extension Field Crop Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center. They have twin sons, Ian and Walt, and a daughter, Anna Marie. Their family has a small farm operation consisting of corn, wheat, and soybeans. They also recently started a field-grown tree nursery.
Suzanne graduated from N.C. State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Suzanne has served as the President of the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Dan McCormick Memorial Award for “Outstanding Contributions to the St. Pauls Community.” She currently serves on the Hoke County Cooperative Extension Advisory Board and the Robeson County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Suzanne is an active member of Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church.
Suzanne sees three community issues as follows: 1) the general public’s lack of education about agriculture, 2) the increasing average age of the farmer with no interested successor to take over, and 3) shrinking profit margins for row crop farmers with high input costs and low commodity prices.
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Agricultural Leadership Development Program is a NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences leadership program to develop personal and civic leadership skills in North Carolina farmers and agricultural professionals.
The program involves in-depth personal leadership assessments with coaching and training in civic leadership, and agriculture-based learning opportunities in North Carolina and the United States, and an international experience. The two-year program is implemented through seven 3-day sessions in North Carolina, study tours to Washington, D.C., Texas and Brazil.
Funded primarily by a $5 million endowment from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, the program’s goal is to empower the next generation of agriculturalists with knowledge, experience and skills to become successful leaders in their businesses, communities, industries, state and nation.
Through the program, participants gain in-depth exposure to ideas, perspectives, people, trends and issues that will shape their lives, agriculture and the world in the 21st century. Participants expand their comfort zones to develop critical thinking skills, appreciate diversity in all its forms, gain the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences and understand the impact that effective leadership can have to strengthen families, farms, businesses, communities and the world. To learn more about the program, please visit https://calsleadership.ces.ncsu.edu/about-calsleadership/.