Senator Mary Kunesh, Farmers and Agriculture Leaders Celebrate Women in Agriculture Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On March 25, Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) joined women leaders in agriculture from across Minnesota to testify before the Agriculture, Broadband and Rural Development Committee for Minnesota’s first Women in Agriculture Day. Participants gathered in person at the Capitol and virtually to share their stories with legislators, celebrate the role of women in agriculture, and raise awareness of issues and challenges they face in their work.  

“For too long, women have been an overlooked partner in agricultural industries,” said Senator Kunesh. “I’m proud to celebrate the first Women in Agriculture Day in Minnesota and uplift the amazing women who run our state’s farms, create new farming technologies at our universities, and advocate for agriculture at the State Capitol and beyond. It’s a privilege to work alongside these brilliant women who feed and fuel our state.”

“I was honored to represent Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) at the inaugural Women in Agriculture event at the State Capitol,” said MFU Vice President Anne Schwagerl. “Women are the primary operators of nearly a third of the farms in the state, and it was exciting to bring them together at one event to lobby for common priorities. I am energized by the strength and ingenuity of the women who produce food, fiber, feed and fuel in Minnesota.”

“In addition to the growth of women operating and owning farms, women are serving in critical roles in organizational, private and public sector positions that support agriculture across Minnesota,” said Amanda Bilek, Senior Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. “We appreciate being a part of the inaugural Women in Agriculture event at the State Capitol to highlight the leadership of women in a vital sector to Minnesota’s economy and environment.” 

“We want to work with legislators and other leaders to help inspire more women to pursue dreams of farming or other ag-related work,” said Susanne Hinrichs, University of Minnesota Extension agriculture business educator. 

“Seeing the inaugural Women in Agriculture event come together was exciting,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Vice President Carolyn Olson. ” A complete picture of agriculture requires the voices of everyone, including women, who make daily decisions on the farm and in business. Events like this allow us to come together to share our stories and knowledge, and also support each other and build our networks.”

View testimony in the Agriculture, Broadband and Rural Development Committee on the Minnesota Senate Media Services’ YouTube.

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Mary K. Kunesh represents Senate District 39, which covers the communities of St. Anthony Village, New Brighton, Hilltop, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and a portion of Spring Lake Park.

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