Who is a woman of character, courage and commitment that you want to honor? I have a few hundred that come to mind that I know personally.
It’s National Women’s History Month and March 8th International Women’s Day. Today is also the beginning of Lent, a season that I purposefully find ways to cut back in one area of my life to give back in other areas. With all these wrapped into one I am finally organized to bring back the Women in Agriculture features I started last November for 30 Days of Women in Agriculture. I have oodles of features I never got done after November. I had this thing called high school basketball season. Instead of 25 blog posts written, I attended 25 games as a mom in the stands.
I started looking into what National Women’s History Month honors and who they feature. This year it is an array of advocates and activists that display character, courage and commitment. There wasn’t a food or agriculture advocate on their list but I have a few to honor and feature myself, all from different walks and facets from an industry that connects us all, food production, agriculture.
Want to meet women of character, courage and commitment in agriculture? Start here with the full list of women in agriculture features listed out below. From sea to shining sea, you will meet women of agriculture that display grit, passion and love for their families, food and farming. They are resilient advocates who to me should be featured and honored in National Women’s History Month because I think these women are making history for the future in feeding not just us but women and their families on the other side of the globe from us.
Then look for more features this month on additional women in agriculture featured and throughout the year to connect you to more women who work to grow our food.
From Maryland To Nebraska, Author & Mom, Becky Chaney
Iowa Turkey Farmer’s Wife, Mom & “Junky” Business Owner, Katie Olthoff
Michigan Hog Farmer & Author: Diana Prichard
City Girl to Cotton Agvocate: Janice Person
Chris Chinn, Modern Hog Farmer & Mom from Missouri
Lara Durben, Minnesota’s Turkey, Chicken & Egg Agvocate
Mary Mackinson Faber, Building Connections as a Illinois Farmer, Mom & Wife
Dr. Beth Carlson, Cow Doc Dreams to North Dakota Deputy State Veterinarian
Anna Leigh Peek, Alabama Young Farmer & Auburn University Senior
Holly Spangler, Illinois farmer, Wife, Mom, Writer & 30 Days Blogger
Celeste Settrini, California’s Couture Cowgirl & Cheerleader for Ag
Marie Bowers, Oregon Grass Seed Farmer
Jessie Thompson, The Next Generation of Idaho Ranching
Emily Zweber, Minnesota Organic Dairy Farmer & AgChat Foundation
Dr. Janeal Yancey, Mom at the Meat Counter in Arkansas
Katie Lukens, Not a farm girl to Virginia FFA State Officer to Iowa Ag Education
Julia Debes, Kansas Farm Girl To Washington D.C. Ag Communicator (with a Deployed Husband)
Veterinary Technician, Farmer, Rancher & Mom: Meet North Dakota’s Amanda Bader
An Immigrant for #WomenInAg: Meet Olga Reuvekamp, South Dakota Dairy Farmer
Texan Melissa Laurent, Long-Eared Humpy Calves Make Her Smile
Alicia Pedemonti, New Hampshire Pig Farmer & Working Mom
Crystal Blin, Agriculture Led Her From Alberta to Iowa
Dr. Rachel Endecott, Beef Researcher & 3rd Generation Montana Rancher
Jill Benson, 4th generation California Egg Farmer
Katie Heger, North Dakota Farmer, Teacher and Mother of 5
Kelly Rivard: Illinois Country Nights, Missouri City Lights