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Women Award Applications Are Now Being Accepted  

Annually, the Purdue Women in Agriculture (WIA) Team recognizes Indiana women who are leaders and innovators and have contributed to the success of Indiana Agriculture. Currently, the Purdue WIA Team is accepting applications for the 2021 Purdue Women in Agriculture Awards.

Nominees will be placed in either the Leadership or Achievement categories for award consideration as deemed appropriate by the WIA Team. Additionally, the Emerging Women in Ag Leadership Award recognizes our high school and undergrad college students that are making an impact on agriculture.

Previous winners include women with integral roles in their personal and/or family farm business, corporate and non-profit leaders, educators, veterinarians, and women in public service roles.

Winners will be recognized at the Indiana State Fair and will receive a complimentary registration and overnight accommodation at the Midwest Women in Agriculture conference in the year after their award is presented.

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.

2021 Award Application 

Deadline: May 1, 2021

Past Leadership Award Winners

2006 - Sue Alexander

2007 - Kenda Resler Friend
2008 - Beth Bechdol
2009 - Belinda Puetz
2010 - Carolyn Hegel
2011 - Susan Brocksmith
2012 - LuAnn Troxel
2013 - Dr. Marianne Ash
2014 - Elisha Modisett Kemp
2015 - Beth Archer
2016 - Lisa Chaudion
2017 - Jane Hardisty
2018 - Jane Ade Stevens
2019 - Natasha Cox
2020 - Roberta Ressler

Past Achievement Award Winners

2007 - Sue Arnholt
2008 - Helen Witte
2009 - Kristi Kretzmeier
2010 - Louise Beaman
2011 - Stacy Pedigo
2012 - Tammi Unger
2013 - Deborah Jordan
2014 - Kerry Dull
2015 - Linda Baird
2016 - Sheryl Seib
2017 - Carrie Vollmer-Sanders
2018 - Jamie Schilmiller
2019 - Bec Wicker
2020 - Sara Creech

Past Emerging Women in Agriculture Leadership Award Winners

2019 - Madelyn Zimmerman
2020 - Abigail Powell