Meet Four of the ISU Extension and Outreach Women Impacting Agriculture 2017

September 13, 2017

Meet Four of the ISU Extension and Outreach Women Impacting Agriculture 2017


The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program is recognizing seven Iowa women who are making positive changes and creating a more sustainable Iowa by improving economic resiliency and stability, conserving natural resources, and being influential agricultural leaders, family members and community volunteers. These honorees continue to demonstrate the important role women play in Iowa agriculture.

This month, we’re introducing you to four of the honorees: Anna MacDonald Golightly of Winterset; Cheryl and Cassie Johnson of Cushing; and Amy Tlach of Indianola.

These women will be honored at the Women in Ag Leadership Conference at the Scheman Building on the ISU campus in Ames on November 28, 2017.

Click here to watch their stories.


Anna MacDonald Golightly – Winterset, Madison County

Anna MacDonald Golightly – Winterset, Madison CountyAnna serves as the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project Coordinator through the Soil and Water Conservation District in Madison County. Anna’s focus is on conservation practices, and she’s been a champion in the promotion of cover crops in the Badger Creek Lake Watershed. Anna is a leader in her community and represents Madison County in various conservation groups. She is the President-elect of the Iowa Chaper of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and is a member of the Iowa Prairie Network Board. She is working to form a local team for Women, Land, and Legacy and acts a a leader and liaison by hosting listening sessions. She takes every possible opportunity to educate people on the importance of conservation practices. Anna holds both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s from Iowa State University. She has continued learning through ISU Extension and Outreach programs including Women Managing Cattle, which has helped her on her cattle operation as a newlywed! Through her work on her farm, in her career, and her community involvement, Anna remains an influential leader impacting natural resource conservation, shepherding in sustainable agriculture solutions, and making positive changes in Iowa.


Cheryl and Cassie Johnson – Cushing, Woodbury County Cheryl and Cassie Johnson – Cushing, Woodbury County

Agriculture often teaches tough lessons – lessons none of us want to learn. Such was the case with Cheryl and Cassie Johnson. Following a tragic accident which took the life of Dan, Cheryl’s husband and Cassie’s father, Cheryl and Cassie were faced with some tough decisions. Would they be able to carry on the farming business, and did they want to? Choosing to keep the family farm and transition the business, Cheryl and Cassie were faced with learning the entire farming business operation. They worked hard to educate themselves, and searched for help anywhere they could find it. Through an Annie’s Project class offered in Cherokee County in 2013, both Cheryl and Cassie found a great resource in ISU Extension and Outreach. So with a little help from Annie’s Project and a lot of strength and courage, Cheryl and Cassie took over the reigns of a row crop farming operation, as well as Solutions Genetics, a red angus breeding stock business, and have continued running a successful farm business.


Amy Tlach  - Indianola, Warren County

Amy Tlach  - Indianola, Warren County

Amy has most definitely earned a reputation as a woman impacting agriculture. She believes in the agriculture of today and the promise and potential of the industry’s future and is a tireless advocate for agriculture. With her husband, she owns Mid-Iowa Seeds where she lives the mission of improving customer yields and delivers top notch customer service. As a past full-time employee and current contract employee of the Iowa Soybean Association, she works to expand opportunities for Iowa’s soybean farmers. As a Warren County Extension Council member, Amy serves her county for over 16 years, the last eight years as chairperson of the extension council. She was instrumental in passing the Warren County Extension and Outreach tax referendum in 2015. As Warren County Fairboard Superintendent, Amy positively impacts the youth and general public in Warren County. And as a mom, Amy is a role model for two girls who will be leaders of the next generation of agriculture.

Thanks to all of these women for welcoming us into their lives for a day. Meet the other Women Impacting Agriculture in the Women in Ag October Newsletter.





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