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Back in the Field: Amanda Whitman

Agriculture.com Staff Updated: 02/26/2014 @ 3:38pm

Precision In Practice

An Oregon techie paves her way toward a career in precision agriculture.


In a sea full of men, Amanda Whitman may seem like a fish out of water. Even though she is outnumbered, this young woman is proving that precision ag technology is a body of water that females can swim in, as well. 

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“When I first applied for the position, I thought being a woman would be my biggest challenge,” recalls the precision ag specialist with Morrow County Grain Growers (MCGG), Inc., in Wasco, Oregon. “I work with a great group of producers who trust in my opinion.” 

It wasn’t a path Whitman had originally set her sights on. After receiving a degree in agricultural business, she went on to train horses, but she admits that farming was in her blood. 

Working her way back to ag as a watershed coordinator with the Sherman County Soil and Water Conservation District, many of the programs being offered to producers involved using precision ag technology. “I could see the benefit to the advancements, and I was very interested in it,” she recalls. 

When MCGG’s agronomy division manager Trent Harrison approached Whitman about its newly created precision ag specialist position, she took advantage of the opportunity.

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