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.
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.