Women Celebrating their Face in Agriculture

Women Celebrating their Face in Agriculture

Mar 24
Brianna Gregg, ACES Coordinator of Transfer Recruitment
  

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to be able to attend the “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” conference held at Illinois State University. It was amazing to see so many high school girls interested in learning about the many different careers and organizations related to agriculture. On my way home, I began to think about my personal perception of the Face of Ag. If you asked me 15 years ago what does ag look like to me, I’d say it would be my father working in the fields while my mom manages and balances the books. NOW (after being exposed to many opportunities and people- I’m old!) I’d say it is Kathy Novotney working hard to support ag instructors across the state-- Dr. Christine Cord teaching meat and food science in the college classroom-- Jean Drasgow connecting students to careers in agriculture -- Ellen Gregg helping farm families achieve their financial goals (shameless plug to the mother-in-law!). Heck, I would even say it is Diana Gray who was inspired to become an obstetrician by assisting in the birth of a calf when she was little. This is just a minuscule sample of my perception of ag today. So while the Face of Agriculture is ever changing, I believe another great name for the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference would be “Women Celebrating their Face in Agriculture.”

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