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Celebrating Women in Agriculture

Iowa’s Women in Ag Day Proclamation.

Of the 3,399,834 farmers in the U.S., 1,227,461 are women.

Fifty-six percent of all farms have at least one female decision-maker involved.

Women lead and support the ag industry across board rooms, research labs, co-ops, farmland, and so much more.

Stine Seed Company, with the Iowa FFA Foundation, the Iowa 4-H Program, and FarmHer, have supported a proclamation signed by Governor Kim Reynolds declaring March 26, 2020, as Women in Agriculture Day in Iowa.

This and every day is an opportunity to celebrate the work women do – all around the country – in the industry that feeds the world.

Jessica Drake, marketing coordinator of Stine Seed Company, said in a statement, “Women have always played a vital role in agriculture, and we feel it’s important to continue to empower women in all levels of agriculture. No job is more important than another, whether it’s behind the scenes or in the forefront, regardless of the gender performing the role. There was no better time to bring awareness to Women in Ag than the crossroads of Women’s History Month and National Ag Week. We hope to continue to support and recognize women currently involved in all areas of agriculture, thank those who paved the way in prior generations, and educate and inspire future generations.”

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“FarmHer is honored to be partnering with Stine Seed, Iowa FFA ,and Iowa 4-H to highlight the important role Iowa’s FarmHers play each and every day in Agriculture,” comments Erin Leifker, business manager at FarmHer. “Our mission is to shine a light on women on the strong, real women in agriculture who need to be celebrated for all they do to keep us connected to their food, to keep people connected to agriculture, and to help a community stay connected to its roots. We tell these stories each and every day, and to identify a day in our state just for these women is so important. This day is to celebrate all they do and to thank them for continuing to play their vital role in agriculture!”

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig says, “As I travel the state of Iowa, I’m fortunate to meet so many strong, female leaders in the agriculture community. They are vital pillars within our industry. These women are innovators, partners in their family farming operations, business owners, global agribusiness leaders, conservationists, scientists, and teachers. Many of them are also balancing equally important and challenging roles as spouses, mothers, daughters, and role models. Thank you, Governor Reynolds, for proclaiming March 26 Women in Ag Day. And thank you to all the inspiring women in our state for being role models for the next generation of agricultural leaders.”

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"In 1969, FFA made the great decision to begin offering membership to young ladies who had an interest in building their agricultural leadership. We are extremely proud to celebrate this 50-year anniversary with all of the young ladies who have made incredible contributions to the agricultural industry and look forward to working with future generations to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education," adds Joshua Remington, Iowa FFA Foundation.

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