An Iowa Farm Girl
For six generations her family has farmed. Working seven days a week was never questioned. Work got things done and things needed done every day on their general farm. That work ethic served her well when she was introduced to a baton at age ten. At seventeen Joyce Rice won over thousands of other contestants to be named World Champion Baton Twirler, appearing on national TV shows and being awarded a four year expense-free scholarship to Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, she received numerous awards including induction into Mortar Board. Joyce graduated with a Home Economics education degree, but turned down an offer of continuing at Iowa State and helping develop new curriculum to using her baton talent in teaching and motivating youth on Mental Discipline and Physical Fitness.
Joyce has performed literally around the world and has appeared on national NBC, ABC and CBS television programs including featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She lectured on The Art of Innovation for corporations such as General Dynamics and Rockwell International.
Thanks to her daughter, Rhonda Ross, creator of Thank A Farmer® and the TAF Magic Show division, Joyce is using her education and entertainment skills in promoting Agriculture and our Farmers & Ranchers. Having traveled the world performing and lecturing she is very pleased to be back to her roots and be a part of the Thank A Farmer® movement.
“Farmers and Ranchers are the most important producers in the world – - especially if you like to eat, wear clothes and live in a home.” Joyce is quick to add, “Everyone learns best while having fun and you’ll have fun at a Thank A Farmer Magic Show.”