Becky Finfrock

Apr 04, 2013  |  Today's News

American Agri-Women (AAW) kicked off a membership campaign on March 19, National Agriculture Day. The theme:“Join us as We Stand up for Agriculture.” It’s not too late to join, the campaign runs until May 31, 2013. All new members will be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini.

American Agri-Women is the professional sorority to help women better manage their operations, network with others in agriculture and keep current on ever-changing regulations. This is more important than ever as women are assuming more management responsibilities. In fact, recent statistics show that nearly 30% of farm operators are women.

“Our organization is unique because we include all segments of agriculture and raise one voice together,” says President Karen Yost of Billings, Mont. “AAW membership expands past U.S.  borders. We continue to receive inquiries from women in other countries, who are experiencing many of the same challenges as American farmers and ranchers.”

“There’s so much work to be done to connect agriculture with the consumer and to ensure  policymakers have all the facts,” says Yost. “We encourage all women to learn more about what we do – and join us!”

To expand on the broadening geographical focus, AAW will celebrate an international conference at Niagara Falls, Nov. 6-10, 2013. This event will be co-hosted by AAW past presidents and AAW members from Canada, with tours exploring agriculture in Canada.

AAW also regularly hosts a Fly-In to Washington, D.C.; provides leadership opportunities to  members; coordinates agricultural education in the classroom; and develops policy for commodities and natural resource committees on agriculture related issues, among other numerous activities.

Members of all segments of agriculture, agri-business and consumers interested in food production are encouraged to take this opportunity to join.

Go to the AAW website for more information and to join, Or, contact Sue McCrum, first Vice President at: Most states have affiliates. Please consider joining your state and or local affiliate as well.

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