State agriculture deputy commissioner, Dothan native helping area farmers

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Tami Culver is the deputy commissioner for Alabama's Department of Agriculture and Industry. However, it has been decades since the state has had a woman in the role.

Tami Culver, along with state agriculture commissioner Rick Pate visited a local farm as part of their Dothan tour

“You get called bad names sometimes because you’re perhaps assertive or aggressive," said Culver, "but at the end of the day you just want to do a good job and do what’s best for your community.”

Culver hopes to inspire other women, especially within the agriculture community.

“In the agricultural industry there are a lot of female farmers across the state of Alabama, a lot of people don’t realize that but the industry is seeing more female farmers," Culver said,"

Culver is helping promote the new Sweet Grown Alabama program, which will help get the word out on products from local farmers and businesses.

“Agriculture is a huge part of the Wiregrass Area, we need representation there," Culver explained. "We need someone who understands the struggles of not only the business community but also the farming community.”

And during her trip across the state, it was nice to stop in her hometown; Dothan.

“It’s so awesome to say 'oh you need to turn here or you need to go to this place,' " Culver exclaimed, "I know these people. It warms your heart to see those people. And they’re happy to see you too. And they’re proud of the work that you’re doing because you know at the end of the day you’re really making a difference.”