Leader: Women in Agriculture

Volume 26 Issue 3

A Message from the President, Tom Truitt: 

We all know it takes a village to be a successful farmer. Maybe you find yours amongst family and friends, or maybe you have a strong network of fellow farmers you can lean on for advice. Growing up on the farm, my "village" was always my family, the strongest member being my mother. She's always been my brother and I's biggest fan and harshest critic, but I wouldn't be who I am today without her constant support (and occasional discipline).

Women have played a pivotal role in shaping agriculture as we know it today, and the influence they have on its future is growing rapidly. Whether following a passion instilled from generations past or setting out to forge a new path for their family's legacy, women in agriculture are more determined than ever to ensure our industry's roots remain strong. This issue highlights four women doing just that.

These stories are sure to inspire, so for those of you looking to break into farming or expand your current operation, we want to help you set the stage for success. Check out page 13, where you'll find information about our first-ever Farmers on the Rise Awards program. We're looking for five up-and-coming agriculturalists in our area who are making a positive impact on the community in which they live and work. If you fit the bill, you could be selected to receive $10,000 to grow your agribusiness. 

We hope this issue impowers you to take some time out of your day and recognize the women in ag in your life. Stay safe this harvest season,

-Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit

Check out the issue to read the full stories!

Katelyn Melvin of Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

Linked to her childhood, Katelyn Melvin, owner and operator of Tooth of the Lion Farm grows herbs, including chamomile.

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Emma Jagoz of Woodsboro, Maryland

Emma Jagoz of Moon Valley Farm provides 75 restaurants and a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) with fresh produce.

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Amy and Ingrid Hopkins of Lewes, Delaware

Amy and Ingrid Hopkins merged two separate passions on their family's preserved century farm to create a unique destination wedding venue.

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Julie Bolyard of Martinsburg, West Virginia

Julie Bolyard is the CFO at Appalachian Orchard Company, a family business that produces fruits for a multitude of consumers in the United States and abroad.

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