Recognizing women in agriculture

“Agriculture is an important business in this country and women have always contributed to the success of the industry.”

– Kellie Garrett

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is seeking nominations for the 2009 Rosemary Davis Award, which honours Canadian women for their leadership and commitment to agriculture.

FCC honours five women annually who deserve recognition for their achievements. She could be an agriculture producer, agribusiness operator, teacher, veterinarian, researcher, community builder, visionary, volunteer or have some other valuable connection to agriculture. The nomination period for the Rosemary Davis Award opened today.

“Over the past two years, we’ve honoured 10 wonderful women who have significantly contributed to agriculture in this country,” says Kellie Garrett, senior vice-president, strategy, knowledge and reputation, at FCC. “We’re excited to offer this award again. Part of the challenge is having women see themselves as deserving this kind of recognition. That’s why people can nominate someone and self-nomination is also encouraged.”

Candidates are judged on how they demonstrate leadership, give back to their community and Canadian agriculture, display their passion for agriculture, as well as their vision for the future of the industry.

The Rosemary Davis award was created and named after a successful Canadian agribusiness owner and operator and the first female chair of the FCC board of directors.

“Agriculture is an important business in this country and women have always contributed to the success of the industry,” says Garrett. “At the same time, many women have worked quietly behind the scenes. More and more, there are innovative women who are showing other women that agriculture is a viable career option. That’s very important for the future of the industry.”

The winners receive a free trip to Boston to the 2009 Simmons School of Management leadership conference in May –

Rosemary Davis winners must be 21 years of age and actively involved in agriculture. Online applications have to be submitted before midnight Jan. 26, 2009 to the Farm Credit Canada website at nominees who did not win last year can reapply. Call 1-888-332-3301 for more information.

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