Heather Willoughby is a North Carolina native and grew up in Alamance County. She worked alongside her dad at his landscaping company and nurseries in Graham and Elon, NC. Her family also has a farming operation specializing in beef cattle, row crops, and vegetables. Heather graduated from NC State University with a BS degree in biological sciences and a minor in horticulture. After working in the horticulture industry for 7 years, she joined North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation in August 2015. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education at NC State University. Heather is the assistant director of the Ag in the Classroom program.