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Women in Agriculture


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

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Upcoming Webinars

Gardening Practices to Improve Soil Health - Urban, Community, & Small Farms and Gardens
  • May 3rd @ 1:00 PM EST
  • Register Here
  • All ways of growing food can be done via practices that help improve soil health.  Come learn and talk about some of these methods you can use in your farm and garden.  These are often called "Conservation Cropping Practices" that help create a soil health based system within our farms and gardens.  Join Eliana Blaine, Urban Soil Health Program Director, as she discusses no/low-till and cover cropping, crop rotation, mulching, nutrient management, and pest management.
Beware!  Toxic Plants Are Out
  • May 17th @ 12:00 PM EST
  • Register Here
  • While all plants may appear to be able to be eaten by our livestock, some plants contain dangers to our animal's health.  Join Elysia Rodgers and Brooke Stefancik, Purdue Ag and Natural Resource Educators, as they share about some of the toxic plants and their dangers found commonly across Indiana.
Dairy: Good for the Gut! Remember Food Safety!
  • Jun. 7th @ 12:00 PM EST
  • Register Here
  • June is National Dairy Month!  Join us for a free webinar and learn about dairy food products and their safety implications.  Registered Dietitian and Extension Educator, Abbi Sampsons will discuss ways to incorporate dairy in your diet!

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​​WIA Email Group

Purdue Extension maintains an email group for women in agriculture. If you are not already subscribed, please send an email to purduewia@purdue.edu 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.

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