Women Making an Impact at the Farm Progress Show

September 14, 2016

FPSAt the Farm Progress Show 2016 near Boone, Iowa, a very popular booth was the tractor churning out ice cream. The lines were long to scoop up this delectable treat, but no one was complaining – it was both entertaining and delicious.

Using a tractor to churn ice cream is a very creative and innovative way to showcase a product like ice cream at the Farm Progress Show – a show dedicated year after year to bringing new ideas and technologies to farmers around the world.

ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag introduced Women Impacting the Land, a new program dedicated to showcasing innovative leaders in agriculture. Eight Iowa women were honored for their work in agriculture at the Farm Progress Show near Boone, Iowa on Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

“We were really blown away by all of the applications that we got,” said Madeline Schultz, Program Manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag. “We wanted to identify and recognize women who were really making a difference on the land and implementing conservation to improve the soil and water quality.”

Each of the honorees shared their stories during a brief recognition ceremony, and also interacted with attendees at the Women in Ag display in the ISU tent. Amy Petersen from Muscatine County is the fourth woman of her family to operate Majestic Dairy Farm. “We operate as a closed-loop system where the cows feed the soil, the soil feeds the crops and crops feed the cows,” Petersen said. 

The ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag display showcased the eight honorees telling their stories through video. Visitors to the booth could stop and watch the videos and take a minute to chat with one of the honorees.

On Tuesday and Thursday of the Farm Progress Show, the honorees were invited to the Case IH tent to be part of Farm Report with Pam Jahnke. Jahnke, also known as the Fabulous Farm Babe, was interested in the opportunity to interview women in agriculture, and especially interested in sharing their conservation efforts.

The ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program is looking forward to continuing to honor women in agriculture in the coming years. If you or someone you know has a story to share, be sure to contact us!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear the stories of this year’s Women Impacting the Land, be sure to visit ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag https://www.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/search/content?page=1&f[0]=im...