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Women in Agriculture

Upcoming Webinars Sponsored by
Purdue Women in Agriculture

Enhancing Your Land Leases
  • Dec. 2nd @ 12:00 PM EST
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  • Take a look at additional leasing options that might interest land owners including how to incorporate conservation into a lease, pasture leases, and hunting leases.  These options might enhance leases you currently have in place or give you some basic ideas that you can use to obtain an additional funding source.

Take Time for Your Health
  • Dec. 15th @ 12:00 PM EST
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  • Do you often find yourself saving "I don't have time for this?" Does your family, job, volunteer work, housework, responsibilities and hobbies make it seem impossible to live a healthy lifestyle.  Is your calendar too full to workout for 60 minutes a day?  Do you lack motivation and energy for exercise?  At the end of the day, do you feel too tired to fix a healthy meal?  No time for sickness?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, then this webinar might be what you need to make healthy choices without a huge time commitment. 

The Big Pine Creek Watershed Project
  • Feb. 12th @ 12:00 PM EST
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  • The Big Pine Creek Watershed with an 80+% row crop agriculture land use is an exciting example of diverse partnerships working together to improve cropland and improve water quality downstreams.  Join us to find out more about what a watershed is, how you can help your local watershed, and learn about the success that has occurred with the Big Pine Creek Watershed.

Morning Ag Mixers

Connect with other farm women and agri-business professionals. You are not alone in this and we are here to support you.

3rd Tuesday of every month
9am - 10am (EST)

Nov. 16, 2020
Dec. 21, 2020

You do not need to pre-register.


Women Award Recipients Praised for Dedication to Indiana Agriculture 

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Three Indiana women were honored for their dedication and contributions to the agriculture industry at the Indiana Statehouse on Aug. 20. The recipients were selected by the Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture team. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture, presented the team's awards.

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture Leadership Award recognizes a woman in an agribusiness or policymaking position who has actively impacted Indiana agriculture. Plaut presented this year's award to Roberta Ressler, crop protection product design and process R&D leader at Corteva Agriscience in Westfield, Indiana.  Ressler leads a team of scientists and engineers who design and develop new crop protection products with an emphasis on sustainable farming. She graduated from Purdue's College of Engineering and continues to partner with Purdue across disciplines. Ressler leads the Joint Steering Team, a partnership between Corteva and Purdue that provides opportunities for research projects, calssroom speakers and other events.

"Roberta is passionate about the role of women in agriculture and often speaks to student groups and graduate students about women in agriculture," Plaut said. "There is no doubt that Roberta has helped advance women in agriculture in the state of Indiana."

Abigail Powell was presented the Emerging Women in Agriculture Leadership award, which recognizes the accomplishments of a high school or undergraduate student who made a positve impact on agriculture. Powell is a sophomore at Purdue majoring in agriculture business marketing and agriculture communications. Before attending Purdue, Powell was an active member of 4-H, the Triton FFA Chapter and the Marshall County community. At Purdue, she was a member of the Purdue Ag Week Task Force and helped serve at the annual Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry. Currently, Powell serves on teh Purdue College of Agriculture Council and is in the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, where she is the Alpha Theta Chapter treasurer. Powell worked in the Marshall County Extension Office, where she assisted with the planning and implementation of countywide events. Most recently, she was an agriculture banking intern at 1st Source Bank, where she analyzed agriculture marketing trends and generated reports for local lending officers.

"Abigail's passion for agriculture is evident in her involvement with organizations professionally and personally. She is a great example of an emerging leader in the field who is willing to keep learning and striving to be a positive advocate for agriculture," Plaut said.

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture Achievement Award recognizes women who are directly involved in a home farm operation. The 2020 award was presented to Sara Creech of Hendricks County, Indiana. Creech owns and operates Blue Yonder Organic Farm, a 40-acre farm located in North Salem. She raises chickens, ducks, turkeys, sheep, cattle, mushrooms, bees and produce. Creech sells her produce and meat at area farmers markets and has a community-supported agriculture program for locals. She was instrumental in starting the Indiana chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, a group that works with military veterans to provide farm educational and leadership opportunities. Recently, she partnered with a local farm family, the Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition and the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District to initiate Porter Farm in Danville. The farm educates veterans and community members on small farm and conservation best practices. In 2018, Creech was elected as the first female member of the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors.

"Sara has not only provided food, but educational and leadership opportunities to veterans and community members with her efforts. She is an invaluable member of Indiana agriculture," Plaut said.

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture awards committee was co-chaired by Lori Bouslog, and Extension educator in Vermillion County, and Beth Vansickle, an Extension educator in Madison County. The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture team provides educational opportunities and resources for women in the agriculture industry and coordinates the Midwest Women in Agriculture conference.


When Your Income Drops:
Resources for Indiana Families

If economic misfortune strikes you or your family in the form of reduced income, is there anything you can do to minimize the hardship?  Yes!  Purdue Extension has a series of fact sheets that suggest a number of
steps you can take to maintain financial control


​​WIA Email Group

Purdue Extension maintains an email group for women in agriculture. If you are not already subscribed, please send an email to to subscribe. If you have a question or problem, just send an email to the list for help. This is a moderated list and you will not receive junk email.