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Sadie Thorson, 4, of Lafayette, competes Inside the pedal pull at Farmfest Thursday. The three-day event concluded Thursday at Gilfillan Property.


GILFILLAN ESTATE — Minnesota feminine agricultural leaders had suggestion For women looking for agricultural careers at Farmfest Thursday.

“Discover mentors and construct relationships. And it’s Who’s Aware of you and your work, not simply who You understand,” said Center for Rural Covperiodge President and CEO Julie Tesch.

Minnesota Farm Bureau District 3 Director and Olson Organics proprietor Carolyn Olson urged women to serve on boards and committees and To not be afraid of strolling by way of the doorways of leaders.

“When An alternative currents itself, don’t be afraid to take it. A lot of small particulars assist make a farm worthwhile,” said Maple Wooden Farms proprietor Sara Hewitt.

Olson said it takes a group strategy to run a worthwhile farm.

Land O’Lakes Senior Transformation Supervisor Corey Ramsden Scott referred to as herself “a metropolis baby who made it in agriculture.”

Tesch said she grew up on a dairy farm shut to Waseca Through the Nineteen Eighties farm disaster, left the farm at 18, labored in Washington D.C. for 20 years and acquired here again to the farm as a Outcome of she thought-about rural America An beautiful place to stay.

“As quickly as I went into agriculture, my dad informed me It Might be troublesome and it was,” said Tesch.

Hewitt useful the MARL (Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Management) program, provided by way of College of Minnesota Extension that assisted her community and respect completely different leadership types and devices For private progress.

“Embody your self with good people as pals and Collectively with your liked ones. Just do it. Get entangled in organizations,” Tesch said.

“Change has To start out someplace. Don’t be afraid To face up and Converse about what to do,” Hewitt said. “Safety Is not any. 1 for me. My husband And that i each work in ag jobs aside from the farm. Working with The subsequent farm period Might be my biggest job.”

Olson urged women to be involved with FFA and 4-H.

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