Nominations Open for the 2024 Women Impacting Agriculture Awards

Women in agriculture can now apply for awards that recognize their achievements

May 2, 2024, 1:20 pm | Madeline Schultz, Lisa Scarbrough

Ames, Iowa – Nominations have officially opened for 2024 Women Impacting Agriculture, a program that celebrates women making positive contributions to Iowa agriculture.

The honorees will be celebrated on Dec. 5 at the Women in Ag Leadership Conference, organized by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program and the Leadership Conference Advisory Team Committee.

Joanne Roepke Bode at her farm.Iowans are invited to nominate women engaged in the agricultural industry by filling out an online application. The deadline for submissions is May 31 at 5 p.m. Details on eligibility criteria are available on the Women in Ag website. A selection committee composed of former honorees, past conference attendees and extension staff and partners will review the nominations.

Now in its ninth year, the program has honored 39 women who have made significant impacts.

“It is truly rewarding to honor women’s roles in agriculture through the Women Impacting Agriculture awards,” commented Madeline Schultz, manager of the ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program. “There are amazing and deserving women in every neighborhood, so be sure to nominate someone you know.”

Selected honorees will be invited to attend the annual Women in Ag Leadership Conference in Ames.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to be with the incredible women who gathered for this conference and found it very meaningful to be chosen as an honoree amongst that group,” said Joanne Roepke Bode, the 2023 nominee. “There were so many talented women there, representing a wide variety of ag and farm-related careers and many who are true trailblazers in their field. It was a special and memorable event, and I am proud to have been a part of it."

Hosted annually, the Women Impacting Agriculture awards aims to highlight and celebrate the outstanding achievements of women in the agricultural sector. These awards not only recognize women who have made significant impacts through their leadership, innovation and community involvement, but also serve as an inspiration for future generations to continue pushing the boundaries of what is possible in agriculture.

For more information, Lisa Scarbrough can be reached at or contact Madeline Schultz at

Shareable photos: 1. Joanne Roepke Bode at her farm, Bode’s Moonlight Gardens near Algona, Iowa. 2. The 2023 Women Impacting Agriculture awardees, Nov. 30, 2023: from left, Joanne Roepke Bode, Kellie Blair, Melissa O’Rourke and Meredith Nunnikhoven.

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