Exhibit features ‘100 Faces of Women in Agriculture’

An exhibit honoring the contributions of women in agriculture was displayed at this year’s Farm Science Review, Sept. 16-18.

“Women now make up 1 out of every 3 agricultural producers across the U.S.,” said Gigi Neal, OSU Extension educator and co-leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture team. “We want to recognize the women who are often the backbone of agriculture across the state of Ohio.” A link to a PowerPoint file of the exhibit is here.

Neal asked Extension educators across Ohio to nominate women for the display, which was housed in the Review’s Firebaugh Building.

“We have women represented who are anywhere from their mid-20s to one woman who is 100 years old — her birthday was Aug. 21,” Neal said.

In addition, some women are being honored posthumously, she said.

“Some of them are involved on the farm, in grain and livestock production,” she said. “Others are involved in value-added products. Some are from agri-business -- lawyers, insurance, all types of agri-business women.

“It’s a nice representation of the variety of roles women play in agriculture, whether in urban or rural communities.”

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