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  • FFA(Her)

    Posted February 14 by FarmHer 1

    "I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds" — E.M. Tiffany   48 years ago, women were finally able to proudly state the FFA creed after joining what use to be an all-male organization. Although the decision was not an easy one, FFA and agricul...

  • FarmHer the TV Show Is Baaaaack! Well, Almost!

    Posted February 9 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    I never set out to be a TV Host.  I still don’t introduce myself that way when people ask what I do, and probably never will.  I am a photographer, business owner, wife, mom and woman that is desperately trying to keep all of those balls in the air.  On top of that, I just happe...

  • FarmHer's New Team Member!

    Posted February 2 by Ali Rossman

    Hello, FarmHers!    My name is Ali and I just joined the FarmHer team as their newest intern!     I am originally from the small town of Hartley in northwest Iowa. I grew up on our family farm where we grow corn, soybeans and brome grass hay, along with a farrow-to-finis...

  • A Growing Event

    Posted January 15 by Lexi Marek

    The lobby of a hotel we weren’t even staying at. That is where Grow by FarmHer was born. Don’t the best developments have the craziest stories?   It has been almost two years since Marji and I first talked about the original plan of hosting an event for young women in agriculture....

  • My Everyday #FarmHerFashion

    Posted January 9 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

          Recently, Jessica Romano, a FarmHer on social media, wrote “First, I wanted to say I’ve watched many episodes of FarmHer and love the show.  I have a small garden I tend to and get right in with the dirt.  I love Marjorie’s specific clothing...

  • Top 6 FarmHer Moments in 2016

    Posted December 30, 2016 by FarmHer 1

    For a start up company, every year is a big year. 2016 was no different for FarmHer! Through the lens of her camera, FarmHer founder, Marji, continued to make a big impact for women in agriculture this year in many new and unique ways. Here are FarmHer’s top six moments of 2016.    ...

  • Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap - Round 4!

    Posted December 18, 2016 by Carly Cummings

    Who participated in the FarmHer/Crystal Cattle #CCBeautySwap?! This was beauty swap #4 for me! I love these swaps because they are a perfect way to connect with fellow women in agriculture through a common interest in health and beauty. Some of my favorite beauty secrets have come from these swaps.....

  • From Observation to Action - Empowering Women

    Posted November 30, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Women in agriculture are one of a kind.  They love the land and the animals, they love their families and give to their communities and they are changing the world.  On my trip to North Carolina, I had the pleasure of meeting April Shaeffer, a woman in agriculture who is doing all of tho...

  • Being a Farmgirl

    Posted November 22, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    Each and everyday my youngest niece gets to hang out with her Dad and I instead of go to daycare. I love spending this time with her before she heads off to school next year. You can see more at Being a Farmgirl. Have a great day!

  • Changing the Face of a FarmHer

    Posted November 18, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    When you think of a FarmHer you probably don't think of makeup, right?  Well, let me introduce you to Crystal.  She loves lipstick and tries out new shades all of the time for her unassuming and non-judgemental audience - her cattle.   Let's step back a bit.  Raised in a cat...

  • The Mother of Modern Agriculture

    Posted November 18, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Agriculture has changed since the days my grandparents farmed.  According to the American Farmland Trust we lose 40 acres of farmland every hour.  EVERY HOUR.  Once that land is gone it never comes back to agriculture.  It is paved, built on, changed forever.  Also, Rural ...

  • We Bought 10 Acres!!

    Posted November 16, 2016 by Tuesday Riegen

    I thought I would share our journey here.  We are two years into our farm odyssey, and have actually just purchased 10 more acres.  I hope you enjoy our story.  Must Bee Kiddin' Farm   Did you hear the one about the couple who walked into a real estate office and put a cash off...

  • The Story of A FarmHer

    Posted November 15, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    I have admired FarmHer Cristen Clark from afar for a few years now.  Though we live relatively close to each other and interact regularly on social media I hadn't yet had the chance to photograph her in action or really get to see what she is all about...until now.  It turns out, she is ...

  • Around the World and Home Again

    Posted November 10, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    April Hemmes was born into a farming family, and to put it simply, farming is part of who she is.  Following college at Iowa State University, April found her way to Washington, D.C. where she worked for a lawmaker.  In 1985 she came home to Hampton, Iowa, to farm and hasn't looked back ...

  • Raising Pigs and Raising A Farmily

    Posted November 10, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Krystina Cook was one of the first women to invite me to her ranch when I started FarmHer.  It just so happens I was in Iowa with little time and less funds for FarmHer travel while she and her pigs were in California.  Fast forward nearly three years and I found my way to the Cook Pigs ...

  • When Tragedy Happens At Home

    Posted November 4, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    I had to explain to my seven year old daughter yesterday that, in our world, and even in our own home town, there are bad people.  And sometimes those people do bad things to good people.  Good people like our Police officers - the men and women who are there to serve and protect us. &nb...

  • A Visit To Music Meadows

    Posted November 3, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    I truly believe everything happens for a reason, though the path there may not always be smooth.  On the day I was supposed to visit Music Meadows Ranch our communication had gotten off and I showed up at Elin Parker Ganschow’s Music Meadows Ranch that houses her Sangres Best grass fed ...

  • A FarmHer Hand Up

    Posted November 3, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    As I sit on the plane, headed home to my frozen Iowa from sunny California I am stumped about where to even start talking about my visit to Archi’s Acres to meet Karen Archipley.  A quick look at the live basil plant she sent home with me, sitting carefully protected by my feet on the a...

  • A Beautiful, Crappy Rainy Day Part 2

    Posted November 3, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    So this is the next half of the rainy day I took off with my sister.  We found the most out of the way, fun little place on a total whim of "let's go a different way home" Enjoy it at A Beautiful, Crappy Rainy Day Part 2. Like I said, between my job and hers we don't get to do this very often a...

  • A Beautiful, Crappy Rainy Day

    Posted November 2, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    So I got a day off and decided to spend it with my favorite sister. Have a look at our fun. A Beautiful Crappy Rainy Day. Then stop back tomorrow for the second part. I love being able to take a day off and just be me with her.

  • An Enchanted FarmHer Day

    Posted October 27, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    A week of filming can be grueling.  Up before dawn, film all day, finish after the sun goes down, sleep a little and do it again the next day.  By the middle of a filming week the crew and I are exhausted.  Day three of filming on an early fall Iowa trip was no different, that is, u...

  • Overwhelmed Farmer's Wife

    Posted October 26, 2016 by Teri Myers

    "I can't do it all!"   Sometimes life is just overwhelming.  It seems like when we look around at other people in our circles it looks like they have it all together and can handle everything.  I think farmers' wives hold ourselves to especially high standards.  We tell ourselve...

  • A Mission of Compassion and Change

    Posted October 20, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    “It is not enough to be compassionate – you must act.” -The Dalai Lama   On the outskirts of Austin, Texas, I met a FarmHer who changed my perspective. I met a FarmHer who is not only compassionate about the homeless population in her city, but she is working with a group ...

  • Showing the Way to the Future of Ag

    Posted October 12, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    As we all know, FFA stands for Future Farmers of America, though with the officer team this year, we might as well call them the future FarmHers.  For the first time in history, 5 of the 6 national FFA officers are young women.  Given that women were not even allowed to be a member of th...

  • Tagging Gilts and Green Fingers

    Posted October 11, 2016 by Sarah Rickelman

    On today's modern hog farms there are various ways to identify animals. One way we use to identify our gilts (pigs that have not farrowed yet) on the farm is by using a plastic tag pushed through the ear and a tattoo. The tattoo and tag is a four digit number that stays with the animal her entire li...

  • Ag-Vocate

    Posted October 10, 2016 by Sarah Rickelman

    I've been interested in FarmHer for awhile, ever since I saw their amazing shirts at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa a few years back.       I had no idea it was such a growing community of fellow women sharing their story. This is such a great concept and a per...

  • An Unexpected Path

    Posted October 6, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    From a career in medicine and living downtown Denver, Colorado, to operating a multi-location alpaca farm might be a stretch for some people…but not for FarmHer Jane Levene. Jane owns and operates Jefferson Farms Natural Fibers, a business where she raises alpacas and markets their fiber. O...

  • A FarmHer Feeding The World

    Posted October 6, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    I recently met a woman who I have great respect for and can now call a friend.  She is a woman. She is a mother.  She is a mentor.  She is a leader.  She is the president of a very large organization.  She is following her passions and dreams. She is changing the world. &n...

  • Fall Break

    Posted October 4, 2016 by Teri Myers

    We loaded out a herd of cattle right at the end of September and we have had a little down time.  Chores on the farm aren't as intense as they are when we have a bunch of calves on milk; so I try to plan something for our family to do when we are between herds. It gives us something to look for...

  • Coming Full Circle

    Posted September 29, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Life is a road full of twists and turns, long and short journeys, bumpy and smooth paths and if we are lucky, many adventures along the way.  On a perfectly perfect spring day my FarmHer journey led me to the Strickland Ranch in Myakka City, Florida to meet Renee Strickland.   As I pu...

  • Getting Buggy At Boggy Creek

    Posted September 29, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Did y’all know Texas has fire ants?!  I think I may have vaguely heard of them here or there, but we don’t have them in Iowa, so why pay close attention?!  Well, I’ll tell you why you should pay attention…because they live up to their name! I met up with these...

  • Out Walking

    Posted September 24, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    Just another day at work. Check it out at brokenbarn. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Waterfalls

    Posted September 23, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    I don't get out much, so I like to find the beauty in the places I am, big or small. This was an adventure I took the other day. I do love a waterfall! You can visit my blog anytime at brokenbarnfarm. 

  • Life and Loss in Utopia Texas

    Posted September 22, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Nobody wants to be a survivor because that means by definition that you survived something tough.  Something horrible.  Something that nobody would ever think could be possible for themselves, nor would they wish upon another.  Barbara Mazurek is a survivor.   Raised in a Texa...

  • Farmher Femininity

    Posted September 16, 2016 by Teri Myers

    I was speaking with another farmher the other day and we were comparing notes about life. We shared similiar challenges.  I wonder if you might identify with some of these? We both said we changed clothes no less than 4 times a day...and each "outfit" (if shorts and a t-shirt can even be cal...

  • Farming Full Circle

    Posted September 15, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Sometimes, or a lot of times really, life takes us in the most unforeseen but beautiful directions.  Meet Jen Welch of The Crowded Acre farm in Buena Vista, Colorado.  She grew up in Georgia, loving animals and working in a vet clinic before finding her way to Colorado in search of her n...

  • The Hardest, Best Work I've Ever Done

    Posted September 15, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    I should start by admitting that the title quote isn’t mine.  It belongs to Lyna Knight, one of the FarmHers who I had the pleasure of photographing at Lyna Berry Farms in Central Florida.  It’s how she defines her life as a FarmHer, it’s very real and it’s right ...

  • Grape Jelly Jam

    Posted September 15, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    So this last week, while it was rainy here in central Iowa and Brother and I are waiting to finish hay for the year, I took a little time out to do some canning. My family loves grape jelly. Since that is about the only kind they will eat I have to make a lot. Here's how I changed how I make it so t...

  • Hello

    Posted September 10, 2016 by Jennifer Gerhart

    Since I am new to the sight I thought I would start with a little background. I am almost 40, married 15 years, have 3 great kids, DD 15, DS 12, and DS 8. We live in Rhodes, Iowa. It's a little town between Marshalltown and Des Moines. We have 15 acres on the very edge of town. Hubby is a city boy a...

  • County Fair Failure...Almost

    Posted September 9, 2016 by Teri Myers

    This morning had all the makings of an epic mom-fail!   My daughter Lily Ann, 8 years old, and I decided to enter some baking contests at our county fair.  We each made a cookie to enter and she also entered the kids cake decorating contest.  We planned a week ago for the ingredients...

  • A Family Affair at Crooked Lake Ranch

    Posted September 8, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    We arrived at Crooked Lake Ranch in the dark, early morning, greeted by the headlights streaming out of a collection of trucks hooked up to trailers, their exhaust creating small clouds in the damp early morning air.  The ranchers and their help had the horses loaded and ready to ride.  ...

  • An Unexpected Dance

    Posted September 7, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

      “Life’s a dance, you learn as you go….” these words, well sung by John Michael Montgomery, ring in my head as I think about my visit to The Dancing Goat and the FarmHer that runs the popular urban goat dairy, Pam Lunn.  You see, 20 years ago Pam had no experie...

  • No Horsing Around: Nikki's Passion

    Posted September 1, 2016 by Ali Luety

    Perseverance and passion drives Nikki Sterling, Iowa State Senior, to dream big. She has never given up on her journey to becoming a large animal veterinarian. Unlike many aspiring large animal veterinarians, Nikki didn’t grow up in the agriculture industry. The only form of agriculture she ...

  • Allie Ferguson: A Grow Story

    Posted August 23, 2016 by Ali Luety

    Allie Ferguson, 22-year-old graduate of Iowa State grew up on a row crop and cow calf farming operation in Southeast Iowa. It was through her family’s lifestyle that she found a love for the land and was inspired to pursue a degree in agronomy.   She is following her dreams with DuPon...

  • Women in Agronomy: More Women Cropping Up Each Year

    Posted July 29, 2016 by Ali Luety

      Agronomy is a field dominated by men. This is true at Iowa State, where women only make up a small, percentage of the agronomy major. However, the numbers are growing, and fast!   Stephanie Zumbach is working to change the stereotype.   “As we know, women are a minority...

  • Just Keep Going

    Posted July 18, 2016 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Just Keep Going...   About a year and a half ago, I decided our family needed a puppy.  We went to a local rescue shelter and picked out the cutest little Shepherd mix, who we named Pup Pup. At first Pup Pup was just cute and cuddly.  The she came into her own as a "Shepherd mix...

  • Jessica Frank: A Grow Story

    Posted July 18, 2016 by Ali Luety

    Grow into the young professional you aspire to be   The FarmHer Grow events are coming up fast. With three new locations, FarmHer is so excited to expand the event and share inspiration with young women across the country. But why should you go? Take it from Jessica Frank, one of last year&...

  • A Labor of Love: Bellana Putz

    Posted July 15, 2016 by FarmHer 1

    A Labor of Love: Bellana Putz By Josie Burgett   As a young woman in agriculture, it is promising to see women in the industry who are successful in their careers and respected in their positions. Being a FarmHer is not just about working in the industry; it's about loving what you do and be...

  • To Leash, or Not to Leash

    Posted July 4, 2016 by Corrine Perry

    When I was a little girl, my curiosity got the best of me often and my mother thought it best to keep me on a wrist-leash. Before you think, "How awful!" know that it was for my safety and that maybe if parents kept their children on wrist-leashes more often, they wouldn't 'fall' into gorilla e...

  • A Bright Future Ahead: Kayleigh Koch

    Posted July 1, 2016 by FarmHer 1

    A Bright Future Ahead: Kayleigh Koch By Josie Burgett; FarmHer Intern   The opportunities for young people studying agriculture right now are endless. According to the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, only 35,000 graduates will be available to fill 60,000 highly skilled agric...

  • Small but Mighty

    Posted June 30, 2016 by Corrine Perry

    My name is Corrine and I come from a small town in the small state of Connecticut. While I hope to have a big ranch someday and be able to provide food not only for myself and my family but others, I'm not quite there yet. I'll admit, I was frustrated at first when I realized there wasn't enoug...

  • Milk It For All It's Worth

    Posted June 18, 2016 by Ali Luety

    Jenna Langer Age: 22 Hometown: Deforest, WI Farm Name: Langer Dairy Farms About the farm: Jenna is in charge of her family’s farm they recently purchased with 80 cows, 75 milking and five dry. On that farm, there are ten box stalls that house show cows who get hand fed rations and are on...

  • A Story to be Told: The Core Girls

    Posted June 17, 2016 by FarmHer 1

    A Story to be Told: The Core Girls By Josie Burgett; FarmHer Intern   This week my search for finding true and passionate FarmHers took me right down the road to a familiar farm. One that I spent a lot of time at growing up and that I hold near and dear to my heart. Since a young child, I ha...

  • FarmHer 2016 Summer Interns

    Posted June 16, 2016 by FarmHer 1

    Meet the 2016 FarmHer summer interns, Ali and Josie! We are thrilled to have these two ladies joining our team and can't wait to see where the summer takes them. To read more about these two ladies, check out our latest press release  http://farmher.zenfolio.com/2016_intern_pressrelease.pd...

  • FarmHer: The Next Generation

    Posted June 1, 2016 by Ali Luety

      FarmHer, they call her. Child, explorer, learner, carefree. She has spunk. Her shoes are stained from manure and dirt, yet she wouldn’t stand for a new pair. She sees the long hours her parents work on the farm, yet she wakes up every morning eager to help. Tears fall when an animal ...

  • To My Village...Thank You

    Posted May 23, 2016 by FarmHer 1

      We've all heard these four words a million times but for some reason they stuck with me a little longer when I heard the pastor speak at my niece Aryanna's confirmation ceremony a few weeks back.  He was talking to all of the family and sponsors in the chapel who were there to suppo...

  • Small contributions = BIG impacts

    Posted May 19, 2016 by Jeannette Lopez

    I recently watched an Academy Award wining documentary called Racing Extinction. It was an inspiring film about the ways in which we are harming our earth, and how we can make important changes to save it. What impacted me greatly was knowing that I can personally make small contributions in my day ...

  • The First Planting

    Posted May 19, 2016 by Jeannette Lopez

    I recently started volunteering with the Placer Food Bank at a local organic farm in Loomis, CA called The Dancing Dog Farm owned by Sue Bordelon and her husband Jeff Bordelon. Dancing Dog grows fruits and veggies to donate to the food bank for those in need. They are just three short years into the...

  • InsureHer - Sometimes You Need to Clean Up

    Posted May 11, 2016 by Maria Miller

    InsureHer   Sometimes You Need to Clean Up   by Maria Miller   A person can learn a lot from their animals. I recently learned a good lesson from my hens.  I gave one of my chickens a bath last weekend. She had issues in her vent area so it was time to clean up. She ...

  • Feeding Farmers

    Posted May 5, 2016 by Angie Sommers

    Feeding Farmers. It’s not often you hear that phrase, it’s usually the other way around. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker that says, “Did you eat today? Thank a farmer.” But how often do we think about the one feeding the farmer?   According to the U.S Depa...

  • Farming in Georgia

    Posted May 4, 2016 by Ashley Arrington

    How people farm as well as what people grow varies from country to country, state to state, county to county, and farm to farm.  It is easy to acknowledge only our own backyards.  When talking about how different other areas, or forms of agriculture are, we also need to recognize ho...

  • Homegrown

    Posted April 28, 2016 by Angie Sommers

    Growing up, I can remember my mom telling me, “You can make plans every day, but they usually don’t turn out the way you imagine”. It always reminded me of the story she shared about her childhood. In her younger years she was certain she would never marry a farmer, she even swore ...

  • Ranch and farm life

    Posted April 27, 2016 by cathy brown

    Today I received a concerned call from my husband. When u live in the heartland of tornado alley this time of year spouses can become concerned about your whereabouts when severe weather is in the forecast. As it were today was one of the two days I work in town every week. So I rescheduled my ev...

  • April Showers

    Posted April 26, 2016 by Jessica Hopkins

    Everyone knows the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” But here in Iowa, where planting season is in full swing, April showers mean pulling the equipment out of the field and waiting for the storm to pass and the ground to dry up.  Although farmers would prefer to be out in t...

  • Growing Flowers and Making Friends

    Posted April 21, 2016 by FarmHer 1

        On my last day in California I ended up with a morning to myself.  I thought about maybe doing a little shopping or sightseeing in San Diego but FarmHer curiosity got the best of me and I made a last minute call to a flower FarmHer and she invited me out to the farm.  I h...

  • Rain is a good thing

    Posted April 19, 2016 by Jenny Holtermann

    Rain is good thing! We need it. We pray for it. We fight over it. We stress over it. We pull our hair out over it. But it also has consequences. Some good, some bad. I know plenty of cherry farmers weren't very happy with last weekend's rain. Cherries are gearing up to be harvested in our area and g...

  • Farm Lesson #1: Life and Death

    Posted April 18, 2016 by Jessica Hopkins

    In my first blog post, I mentioned there were many lessons that can be taught on the farm, including life and death.  Last week, our farm experienced both. Death Last Monday, my dad received a phone call from a friend who manages a feedlot operation. One of his feedlot heifers had calved unex...

  • Growing our Bacon!

    Posted April 13, 2016 by Chris Yielding

    We have finally gotten our first feeder pig, and I am stoked about her!! I had to work to get the pen put together before my wife gave birth to our son, but after he had arrived I was able to get our pig. It has been a learning experience, but I love going out to feed her and watch her. I feel ...

  • Living the Dream...

    Posted April 12, 2016 by Trisha Lindsay

    Today was one of those beautiful days in Iowa. Highs in the mid 50's, not much wind, and plenty of sunshine. Like every other Tuesday the vet comes out and checks the cows. Its a great day when the cows are pregnant. Of course we also find out how many cows are carrying twins. I think today w...

  • Mama's Journal - Bull Crap

    Posted April 7, 2016 by Laurie Link

    Here on our farm we only have mature working bulls for a few months. They are "cleanup" bulls that we lease to use after the cows are artificially inseminated. (A.I.) If you A.I. your cattle, you are going to need cleanup bulls.  Crap is here on the farm ALL OF THE TIME. I am letting you know ...

  • Mother Nature

    Posted April 5, 2016 by Jessica Hopkins

    Iowa’s weather is known to be unpredictable. Iowans experience spring, summer, fall, and winter throughout the year, but sometimes Mother Nature throws all seasons together in one week! This week is a perfect example. A few nights ago, I was cleaning out the calf pen in our barn and broke a sw...

  • Farmers: Endangered Species

    Posted March 23, 2016 by Katie Oliver

    Here in Central Oregon, we (the farmers) have been fighting a major battle with two environmental groups trying to take water from the irrigators/farmers to save the Spotted Frog (which is listed as Threatened not Endangered, because they don't have any true solid scientific data to show population ...

  • Face The Snakes

    Posted March 22, 2016 by Jessica Hopkins

    My family farm grows corn and soybeans, and has a wean-to-finish swine operation. I work alongside my dad, uncle, and cousin, who are all exceptional farmers with a strong work ethic and strong faith.   Being the only female within our operation, I sometimes feel like I don’t belon...

  • 3 reasons why everyday should be Ag Day

    Posted March 15, 2016 by Dominique Germann

    3/15/2016  3 reasons why every day should be Ag Day Today, March 15th, is not just a regular Tuesday. It is National Ag Day.Not only is it a great day to be wearing my favorite pair of cowboy boots, but an important day to 'agvocate' out in the world.But why is only March 15th deem...

  • Mama's Journal - Spreadsheets and Bed Sheets

    Posted March 15, 2016 by Laurie Link

    Today was the day. The day we went and talked to the banker. On a morning full of looking at numbers and cash flows and line items and balances and all of the other things you have to know and report when you talk to your banker. Each year I get better at this. Each year I have a little more inform...

  • InsureHer? Part 2

    Posted March 11, 2016 by Maria Miller

    InsureHer?  Part 2 by Maria Miller                                    In part one, we discussed gender differences in app...

  • Changing Your Perspective | Lifting Up Others

    Posted March 9, 2016 by FarmHer 1

    Packing yesterday was easy - I just swapped out the dirty clothes from the last trip, just 3 days ago.  I arrived at the airport in plenty of time...a full 9 minutes before my flight boarded.  Climbed on the plane all ready to work during what I thought would be my most productive working ...

  • Starting Our Pigs

    Posted March 9, 2016 by Chris Yielding

    For some time now, I have been talking about getting pigs.  I am very eager to get into livestock, and since cattle will not happen until next year, getting pigs to start out this year is a great plan. My plan is to get a few freshly weaned pigs and feed them for 5 months or so, until they are ...

  • Mama's Journal - Mama Cows

    Posted March 4, 2016 by Laurie Link

    It is not very often that I am woken up in the middle of the night. I tend to get my 7-8 hours of sleep every night and have for years. So when I am woken up in the middle of the night by sounds coming from outside my window, it tends to set one back a bit. Let me start by taking you back further...

  • Best time of the year

    Posted March 1, 2016 by cathy brown

    Just had our first longhorn calf yesterday. Her momma was purchased last fall with 3 other first time heifers and a young bull. We keep them separate from our large Angus cattle herd. The new heifer calf is precious, she has a heart on her forehead. Pushed another new bull calf across the bar...

  • Raising My Girls On The Farm

    Posted February 29, 2016 by Chris Yielding

    I have long been disillusioned with today’s world. Everything is so cluttered with chaos and conflict, and everyone is concerned about “ME”. I moved back to the country last June with my wife and two beautiful daughters, back to the farm that I grew up on. I did grow up there but ...

  • Autumnleaf Farm

    Posted February 26, 2016 by Michelle Lofthouse

  • Autumnleaf Farm

    Posted February 26, 2016 by Michelle Lofthouse

  • My Fork in the Road

    Posted February 26, 2016 by FarmHer 1

      Every once in awhile we all hit a turning point — a fork in the road — and we have to decide which way to go.  Last fall as I headed home from four fun but LONG days sharing FarmHer at the Clay County Fair, my feet ached, my throat hurt and I was so tired I could barely keep...

  • Calving

    Posted February 26, 2016 by Karen Jack

    That time of year again for many Ranchers ..calving. The most loved yet dreaded time of year. While this is my first year back for calving I am able to be on hands with the operation I've come to realize a lot has changed in my family's operation compared to mine. (Beginning) While I'm the most conc...

  • Beginners

    Posted February 25, 2016 by Karen Jack

    I have been extremely occupied by the fact it is tax time for many people in agriculture. The time of year to sort through and find things that are deductible. However this is not going to be my topic today although it would be a good one. I want to talk about how hard it is to start farming or ranc...

  • From Sandals to Barn Boots

    Posted February 24, 2016 by Jamie Beal

    I am so overwhelmed with joy & appreciation for this life. I wasn't always so in love with the farm my husband grew up on though. I didn't dislike it. I just hadn't lived it. In fact, it took me years to get even a little dirty. My husband used to roll his eyes when he would see me stroll into the b...

  • Raising Pigs and Raising a Family

    Posted February 18, 2016 by FarmHer 1

      Krystina Cook was one of the first women to invite me to her ranch when I started FarmHer.  It just so happens I was in Iowa with little time and less funds for FarmHer travel while she and her pigs were in California.  Fast forward nearly three years and I found my way to the Cook...

  • 7 Reasons I LOVE Being a FarmHer

    Posted February 9, 2016 by Lexi Marek

    Valentines day is near, which means everyone is either thinking about love or, well….trying not to think about it. No matter what side of the spectrum you are on, the one thing women in agriculture can agree on is how much we LOVE being a FarmHer. 1)   You have the greatest friends...

  • A Response to "FFA is Lame AF"

    Posted February 3, 2016 by Micaela Choate

    I'm sure many of you have seen the article: "FFA Is Lame AF." A mixture of emotions quickly came flooding in as I saw even the title of the article. I've been an FFA member for six years now, and was not sure how such an awful attack could be made against my favorite organization. Here is my respo...

  • InsureHer?

    Posted January 29, 2016 by Maria Miller

      InsureHer?  Part I  by Maria Miller Are there gender differences in approaching risk management?  From my personal experiences on the farm and my conversations with other female farmers and ranchers, I’d say there certainly is.  Gender can influence how...

  • The TravelHer

    Posted January 13, 2016 by FarmHer 1

      Since the beginning of the year I have traveled to California and Texas.  Today I was on a plane headed to North Dakota by way of Minneapolis, Minnesota.    Next week I'm off to Nebraska and then the week after that back to California.  I never set out to be a travelH...

  • What Does Your Cliff Look Like?

    Posted January 12, 2016 by FarmHer 1

      Last night I finished up the polishing touches on my presentation for later this week at the North Dakota Farmers Union WILD Conference.  Despite the extremely cold temperatures that can be found that far north, I am super excited to be in the presence of a group of women in agriculture...

  • Lottie, the retired milk cow

    Posted January 8, 2016 by Sharon Rosenberg

    Lottie is my 12 year old Belted Galloway retired milk cow.  I have had her about 7 months and she is a very sweet cow.  She adores being brushed and will stand with her head down for as long as I am willing to groom her.  Since she is my first cow I'm not sure if I need to supplement ...

  • 5 things to consider before you join an Auzzie harvest crew

    Posted January 3, 2016 by Katelyn Duncan

    After 2 months on the Australian harvest and a full month back home after my trip, I have had ample time to reflect on my Australian experience. The Australian harvest is a great experience. Harvesting in Australia allows a person to take time away from their own farm, find work elsewhere while the ...

  • How Freshmen Can Fail After Joining College

    Posted January 3, 2016 by Dan Deutsch

    The transition to college from high school is a huge challenge to most of us, because that is when you will determine your future based on how you will handle the opportunity. If when I get to college the first thing I think of is pay someone to write my essay instead of trying the assignments first...

  • Livestock Chic Fashion

    Posted January 2, 2016 by Maria Rogers

      Raise your hand if you destroy a fair amount of your nice clothes by running to the barn for "just a minuet"... I know I do!  Over the years I've come up with some wardrobe staples that function perfectly in the stock show life!        Vests: My favorite pla...

  • Inspire Every HER

    Posted December 16, 2015 by Lexi Marek

    On November 13, women came together from the state of Iowa to inform and inspire each other about opportunities in agriculture.  The day consisted of brilliant speakers, including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey; FSA Chief of Staff, Lesly Weber-McNitt; Dean of the ISU Coll...

  • Great Gifts for Every HER

    Posted December 11, 2015 by Lexi Marek

    It’s that time of year again. As we remember the true meaning of Christmas, we also try to find that perfect present that tells our friends and family how much they mean to us. Yet you still struggle to find the perfect gift for your FarmHer. A FarmHer is a woman in agriculture that is passi...

  • The Meaning of American Agriculture

    Posted November 11, 2015 by Mason Larimore

      I will be studying abroad in Australia for 2 weeks this January and my professor for the course posed the question, what does American agriculture mean? and asked us to write a journal entry about it and I though I would share my response and would love to hear y'alls ideas of American agric...

  • Passion for Agriculture

    Posted November 1, 2015 by Mason Larimore

    In high school I was never really sure what I wanted to do with my life and what I eventually wanted my career to be. Sophomore year rolled around and made the decision to ignore my friends and sign up for an agriculture class. Hook, line, and sinker. From the moment class started I knew that I ha...

  • The Barn

    Posted October 29, 2015 by Richelle Barrett

    The cliche’ red paint color on the outside with unfinished wood beams inside. A dirt floor, a tack room full of saddles and reins and retired horse equipment from years gone by. Closed with up with cracked windows and heavy, hard to open doors,  barn is not just another old building on a ...

  • What Women Bring to Agriculture

    Posted October 21, 2015 by Kristine Penning

    This post originally published on Career Cultivation & Talent Harvest, AgCareers.com's blogs for job seekers and employers. As a woman who grew up knowing I wanted to be a part of the agricultural industry, I never looked at myself and thought I was limited because of my gender. I never even saw ag...

  • Julie's Long Tradition of Agriculture

    Posted October 20, 2015 by FarmHer 1

    “Knee high by the fourth of July” is a saying farmers would say back in the day. Don Radda of Washington County’s saying went more like, “20 feet high by the fourth of July”. FarmHer Julie Zieser describes her dad as a great farmer, and there is no doubt that Julie carr...

  • WFAN Conference November

    Posted October 20, 2015 by Ruth Rabinowitz

    Just wondering who else out there is attending the annual WFAN conference in Davenport Iowa this November?  I am pretty excited about learing more from other women and connecting/networking in Iowa.  I will be there and focusing on some pollinator sessions.    

  • Lessons Learned from a Cow

    Posted October 5, 2015 by Richelle Barrett

    Hello!  I would like to share a post with all of you from my blog, "Blue Skies Red Cows". I am pretty new at this whole "blogging" business; currently I write mostly as an outlet for stress and to give my creative side something to do.  I am a mother, a part-time cowgirl and rancher, and a...

  • A Seed that Grew a Village

    Posted September 1, 2015 by Kate O'Brien

    Reciently, I had a very meaninful work party out at my farm, Homewad Bounty Farm. This simple act of having the community come out to the fields and help pull in the onions harvest reminded me of my travels in Ladakh, the Northern most tip of India. I wrote about this experience on my blog. I hope y...

  • A Summer Day on Simplie Living Farm

    Posted July 30, 2015 by FarmHer 1

    Guest blogger Stephanie spent summers and holidays on her grandparents’ homestead. She watched her family raise hogs, chickens and grow vegetables in their home garden. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started gardening. After maximizing the space at her home she decided to tr...

  • Falling In Love With Ag

    Posted July 30, 2015 by FarmHer 1

    Guest blogger Andrea Davis-Cetina grew up in Maryland, surrounded by disapearing farmland.  Her childhood played an important role in her education and after graduating from college, she moved to California.  In 2008, Quarter Acre Farm began.  Andrea is an organic vegetable farmer and...

  • Welcome to the Community

    Posted July 22, 2015 by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

    Welcome!  I am so excited to open up this new FarmHer Community to all of you.  Join, explore, network, learn and enjoy in a safe and secure environment, directed towards women in agriculture.  This community will be what you make of it so look around, get involved, invite your friend...