The Future is Bright for Women in Ag
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Two weeks ago was my first time going to Top Producer’s Executive Women in Ag Conference, and I must say WOW was it amazing. It was the best feeling to be surrounded by many other women, who have different walks of life in agriculture, and to hear all the passion they had. If I had to tell you just one take away from this whole experience, it would be that you can do whatever you believe in—even if that means starting up your own farm or being involved in agriculture globally. The sky is the limit!
When attending the many breakout sessions, I was inspired by the “Changing your FarmHer Lens” session with FarmHer founder and President, Marji Guyler-Alaniz. She showed us short clips of women from all across the United States pursing their dreams in agriculture. Some of them were just starting up their own farm or taking over their family farm to continue its legacy through the next generation. The dedication and hard work that women have put into agriculture over the years is sometimes forgotten Women play a HUGE role in the success of farms, and we need to continue to AgVocate for them.
|Did you know that there are more than 969,000 farmers in the U.S. according to the USDA Census of Ag?
Being only a year and a half into the work force, I am just getting my feet wet, and the road ahead feels unknown to me and scary at times. The opportunity to connect on a personal level with many talented and dedicated women in this industry was such a perk. Their struggles, successes and work ethic truly inspired me to look forward. I know that I too can someday start my own farm, and that there will be struggles, but farm girls like myself weren’t raised to give up. We were raised with hard work, dedication and the will to feed the world.
This event was truly a lesson for me and other girls my age who are trying to figure out the path ahead of us. I encourage every woman, no matter where they are at in their career or their role within the industry to take the opportunity to attend this conference. Listening to the many women who have worked years and years in this industry just solidifies my reasoning for choosing a career in agriculture.
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