Women impacting agriculture



We want to honor, recognize and highlight “Women Impacting Agriculture” 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.  

Nominee Eligibility

  • Nominees will be a woman with an Iowa residence who owns, manages, or is employed on Iowa farms; or Iowa agricultural businesses or organizations (examples are USDA agencies, local agribusinesses, cooperatives, and ag organizations.)
  • Nominees will have a connection to Iowa State University and/or Extension and Outreach (examples are ISU Alumni, county council members and volunteers, and participants in extension programs.)
  • Nominees will be willing to be photographed and videotaped by the Women in Ag video/photography team on their farm or other place of business, and to have all those images and stories shared through print and online media.
  • Nominees will be willing to attend the 2024 Women in Ag Leadership Conference.
  • This award is given by Extension to honor our clientele. Extension staff are not eligible to be nominated for the award.


  • Nominations are due by Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Videotaping of honorees: We will gather video stories of the honorees during October.
  • Honorees recognized on: Thursday, December 5, 2024, during the 8th Annual Women in Ag Leadership Conference. Honorees must be present.

Nominator Eligibility

  • All Iowans are eligible to submit nominations. We strongly encourage past leadership conference attendees to nominate women they know.

Nomination Application

  • Please include the nominee in the nomination process. Interview the nominee or ask them to help complete the application.
  • To nominate “Women Impacting Agriculture,” please complete an online application.
  • Nominations should demonstrate achievements and leadership in all three areas: 1) farming or working in agribusiness, 2) connecting to Iowa State University or ISU Extension and Outreach, and 3) volunteering in the community.
  • The application includes three essays. Please limit the total of the three essays to 1,200 words.  

Selection Process

  • A Selection Committee of past honorees, past conference attendees, and Extension staff and partners will select the 2024 honorees.


scorecard is available to the Selection Committee or to anyone interested in reviewing the scoring process.


In recognition, the honorees will receive a cash award, conference registration and lodging, and a personalized gift.