Leah Beyer, an independent consultant with her own business, Beyer Public affairs, says, "Perspective is the view from your side of the fence based on what was, what could be and a whole lot of attitude."
Beyer, the middle child of a large animal veterinarian and a teacher, grew up in east-central Illinois loving 4-H and showing Jersey cattle, which her Dad allowed to spawn into a small dairy farm.
After graduation from the University of Illinois, Leah moved to Shelby County, Ind., to be a 4-H educator. It was at the Shelby County Fair that she met her now husband, Matt Beyer. They have two children, Brady and Madelyn, whom they love to raise on the farm.
In addition to being a farm wife and mom, Leah has worked with the 4-H program as a training specialist for Indiana Farm Bureau and as an instructional designer for Adayana. In 2009, she joined the Indiana Soybean Alliance as the livestock director.
Combining her deep love of agriculture and interest in politics a consulting business that involved both seemed only natural as a next step in her career. Beyer is a state lobbyist that always has the farmers' best interest at heart because she lives it every day.
Beyer continues to work for the Indiana Soybean Alliance as a private consultant and also now for the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Additionally, Beyer is the voice of farmers in social media with her blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.
She wears many hats and enjoys the variety that consulting brings. Her time is divided between educating decision makers and influencers about agriculture and asking for things on behalf of dues-paying members.
Beyer is also quick to say that checkoff dollars cannot be used for lobbying or to advocate public officials. The marriage of working for the membership and checkoff organizations allows Beyer to help identify research that needs to be done to find answers to knowledge gaps farmers and decision makers both have to overcoming issues faced on the farm, infrastructure and processors as Indiana farmers continue to feed, fuel and clothe the world.
"Farmers need a voice in their communities and beyond," says Beyer, "and there's an entire world that ought to know the real story behind their food and fiber."