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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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, as well as representatives from industry.


Team Members

Amy Alka - Extension Educator, Randolph County

Lori Bouslog - Extension Educator, Vermillion County 

Kamille Brawner - Extension Educator, Jennings County

Ed Farris - Extension Educator, Huntington County

Kelly Heckaman - Extnesion Educator, Kosciucko County

Nancy Hudson - Extension Educator, Fulton County 

Gracie Marlatt - Extension Educator, Rush County 

Jenna Nees - Extension Educator, Putnam County

Bryan Overstreet - Extension Educator, Jasper County

Beth Vansickle - Extension Educator, Madison County


Advisory Members

Rhonda Dyer - Freedom, IN

Lindsey Jackson - Dow AgroSciences, LLC

Jill Reinhart - NRCS

Melanie Strait-Bok - Farm Credit Mid-America

Bec Wicker - Beacon Ag Group


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.​​​​​​