In 2002, Purdue Extension hosted the first Midwest Women in Agriculture conference.  Due to its popularity over the next several years, the annual event led to the formation of the Purdue Women in Agriculture Team in 2006.  The team's goal is to help address the educational needs of women employed in or involved with the agricultural industry. The team is composed of Purdue Extension Educators and Specialists.


Team Members

Amy Alka - Extension Educator, Randolph County 

Heather Bacher - Women 4 the Land

Ed Farris - Extension Educator, Huntington County

Sandy Hacker - Bippus State Bank

Kelly Heckaman - Purdue Extension Area XI Director, co-chair

Michele Jones - Extension Educator, Morgan County

Mathias Ingle - Extension Educator, Howard County

Emily Luc - Extension Educator, Kosciusko County

Lindsey Moore - Farm Credit Mid-America

Jenna Nees - Extension Educator, Putnam County, co-chair

Joelle Orem - Orem Farms

Bryan Overstreet - Extension Educator, Jasper County, co-chair

Courtney Schmidt - Extension Educator, Maimi County

Sam Schwoeppe - Feeding America

Beth Vansickle - Extension Educator, Madison County

Bec Wicker - Wicker Family Farms

Amber Wolfe - Indiana Agriculture & Technology School


​Our Team Mission

To recognize and empower women to fully integrate into agriculture.


Our Team Vision

The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team​ is committed to providing educational opportunities, current resources and a network of support to position all women for success in the agriculture industry through skill development, confident decision making and personal well being.​​​​​​