Tuesday , February 27 2024

Farmers, FarmHers, And Falcons: 2019 World Ag Expo Has It All

Farmers donning boots and stetsons, marketing-types in polos: The 2019 World Ag Expo in Tulare has a good mix of both. You’ll also find trailers that self-load hay bales, and a so-called, “rugged phablet” – that’s short for phone-tablet – that can withstand being dropped in water. And there’s ag groups galore: Future Farmers of America, American Dairymen, and one called FarmHer. Marji Guyler-Alaniz is FarmHer’s founder and president. She had just left her job in crop insurance and was trying to decide what do next, when she saw a commercial during the 2013 Super Bowl. It included a poem read by Paul Harvey with moving depictions of farmwork. “So I just saw it and I was like, this is amazing, right? This is beautiful,” Guyler-Alaniz says. “But where are the women? And not just in this commercial, but where are the women pictured anywhere in agriculture?” This led Guyler-Alaniz to begin FarmHer, a photography project to share stories about women in agriculture. In the last five years, it
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