Women in Agriculture: Hope Rendon

Agriculture has always been a part of Hope Rendon’s life, and she’s used her knowledge and passion for the industry to build a career. Growing up in Lubbock, Texas, she worked in cotton fields and spray rigs during the summer. When she turned 18, Rendon took a job in red meat processing. From there, she advanced professionally, working in a variety of specialties, including production, safety, and quality control.

Rendon moved to Palestine, Texas, looking for a new opportunity at the time Sanderson Farms was beginning operations in the area. She took a position with the company in 2014, and a year after that, she was promoted to her current role, Field Employee Relations Manager.

“I have always been very results driven; that’s my mentality when it comes to getting things done,” said Rendon. “Working with my team is a huge part of it, because I can’t do it by myself. I have to have a team supporting me.”

As Field Employee Relations Manager, Rendon works with employees from all three shifts at the Palestine operation to meet any human relations needs they may have. Her responsibilities also include helping to recruit potential employees.

“With this job, I get to work with so many different people,” said Rendon. “I enjoy that no day is ever the same.”

Rendon helps Sanderson Farms grow by ensuring that properly qualified people are being recruited and hired. She says it’s rewarding to see the employees she works with learn and advance within the company.

“Sanderson Farms will grow people into long term careers,” said Rendon. “You don’t necessarily have to have a formal education to be promoted. Sanderson recognizes your talent and your ability.”

When asked about the future of women in agriculture, Rendon says that she believes the sky is the limit.

“There are so many opportunities within the industry, and Sanderson Farms’ training programs expose you to the vast variety of positions within the company,” said Rendon. “I know firsthand that you can definitely step forward and grow with the company.”