This year FCOED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s EmPOWERED Leaders who are experts and leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture. Join us every Tuesday and Thursday as we get to know our Top 50 EmPOWERED Leaders.
Farmer, Burrier’s Linganore Farm
9005 Clemsonville Road
Union Bridge, MD
Having no experience in production agriculture until meeting her husband 20 years ago, Belinda has positioned herself as one of Frederick County’s top agricultural advocates while serving as the first woman on the Maryland Soybean Board and as Maryland’s first representative to serve on the United Soybean Board executive committee. She opens their farm for local and international visitors, legislators and institutions while sharing the story of the American farmer through social media platforms.
Tell us about a professional achievement that you feel most proud of.
Completing the Smithbucklin Leadership Institute.
Tell us about an award that you are most proud to have received.
The Regional Conservation Legacy Award. My husband and I received this award for the efforts we have made throughout our farming career. We received this award in recognition of all of the work we’ve done to improve the environment, and for sharing our knowledge to help others make improvements to their farms.
What does EmPOWERED mean to you?
Being given the tools to help others succeed toward their destination.
What motivates you and why?
Helping others advance their skills and watch them as they pass it on.
In your career who has influenced you most and why?
Henry Givray he was an exceptionally hard instructor who changed my life.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?
Being a good listener.
What personal or professional goal would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
To continue to develop myself and leaders around me to step up and make the world a better place.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Find someone successful and ask them to be your mentor.
Read more about Belinda here: https://homegrownfrederick.com/belinda-burrier-the-brave-and-inspiring-agvocate/
Watch this PBS episode of Maryland Farm & Harvest featuring Dave and Belinda Burrier: https://www.pbs.org/video/episode-1010-6mbzkg/