Kristy Roy, United States (Agribusiness)
I’d like to salute and thank women in agriculture.
43% of U.S. farmland—nearly 388 million acres— is now farmed or co-farmed by women.
To founding farmer Sarah Frey of Frey Farms, who says in her book The Growing Season, “When I started my business at age sixteen, most days I wore jeans, work boots, and a baseball cap. People said, ‘How can she be a businesswoman dressed like that?’ Now when I wear heels and a skirt, people say, ‘How can she be a farmer?’”
To Women in Agribusiness at womeninag.com who holds summits, now in its tenth year, to “nurture a recognized agribusiness community where the sharing of business knowledge and industry innovations is at the forefront of helping women excel in the sector.”
To Rebecca Wilson and Lizzie McLaughlin, who spearhead the ‘Boots and Heels – In Our Shoes’ podcast.
To the agricultural organizations in the United States that exist for women and are run by women: American Agri-Women, American National CattleWomen, Annie's Project, California Women for Agriculture, Country Women's Council, National Women in Ag's Association, Women, Food and Agriculture Network.
To Wilbur-Ellis Company, who supports and promotes the Women of Wilbur-Ellis employee resource group.
Lastly, to the Women of Wilbur-Ellis. Thank you for your support, education, and fun. Thank you for hosting events developed to further careers. Thank you for the free webinars covering subjects such as leadership, diversity, mentorship, and life skills. Mostly, and finally, thank you for the Core Team leaders, the Chapters, and the Members who make it great.