Empowering Women in Agriculture
By: Amber Bullock, marketing specialist
I have always been involved in the agriculture community – from growing up on a family farm, raising sheep, being a state officer in the FFA and now working for Farm Credit. And with that, I find that there is a significant role for women in agriculture, whether they are on the farm, in an agribusiness setting or simply ‘ag’vocating to share the story of agriculture.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Regional Women in Agriculture conference held in Dover, DE with many of my fellow co-workers and associates I have met from working in the industry. If you have never attended this conference, you are missing out! I look forward to it each year for the great break out sessions and networking opportunities. Break out sessions range from business planning to market research to building trust in today’s food system.
One of my favorite parts of the day included listening to a keynote by Laurie DeYoung, voice of WPOC’s radio morning show in Baltimore, MD. She discussed how she had to “climb the chain” to become successful. She also shared some heart-felt stories that she thought defined her career, which I found interesting since she didn’t feel her career was defined by winning awards (which she has won many!). She is a great role model for aspiring women, like myself.
This is a great conference that each year when I leave makes me want to share my agriculture story with people, as well as be a better leader. This conference truly emphasizes the importance of empowering women in agriculture – and I love that!