Clements: The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Women in Ag Spotlight is recognizing the contributions of women involved in agriculture. As part of Women’s History Month, AFBF highlights Denise Hymel of Louisiana, who works with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. She started Fast Food Farm, a non-profit education effort to connect children to the farm in the 1990s.
Hymel: I felt so strong to do this educational farm to bring those students to the farm, to see it, to be a part of the action of it growing. But also, to bring before them, through hands-on activities, the complex system of that food that we grow to bring it to a finished product. And so, at the farm, we do it all there.
Clements: She says women have a powerful voice when it comes to agriculture.
Hymel: I really think that women have a very powerful voice. Women are the mothers of these children that I am so involved with and if these children can learn more from us women, I think you have more of that maternal instinct of getting that message out and how important it is that the consumer knows that we are doing everything that we can to best provide the most safe, affordable foods.
Clements: She encourages women to connect with each other to provide a voice for agriculture.
Hymel: I know the younger women, it’s hard. They have young children and as they’re growing up it’s getting more and more involved into their life. So, if we can find that little missing link there, I think we can be more successfully into involving more women.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.