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Women in Agriculture

March 4, 2015 - Barb Barrett
This month we begin to celebrate Women's History month. Each week the Luminary will highlight an important woman in history who has made notable contributions in the East Lycoming area.

Interestingly enough, a new network has been formed a few weeks ago for women in agriculture. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Krysta Harden, said, "To be a woman in agriculture is to face a unique set of challenges. And because I know all too well the trials that women can face as they look to take on leadership roles, I made it a goal as USDA's Deputy Secretary to start a community for women leaders in agriculture."

This past fall she met with legislators and held a White House conference with farmers, agribusiness, academics and youth leaders about the opportunities that exist to help advance women in agriculture to leadership positions.

Since then she has reported that "women from all walks of life and every sector of the agriculture supply chain are empowering one another." The new networking group, called Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network, has allowed women to share stories and photographs about what they've done in the agricultural industry. Harden is hoping to engage women in all areas of agriculture, support them and to foster professional partnerships.

An e-mail address has been created to send materials and information, suggestions and how we can build a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. The new email will also allow you to enter a membership to the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.

This is one of many steps that need to be taken to take women seriously as agricultural leaders and to stay informed on laws and regulations as well as to assist in making policy. To send your input or to find out more information contact,


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