American Agri-Women elected national officers at its 2019 national convention held recently in Tigard, Oregon. American Agri-Women is a national coalition of farm, ranch, and agri-business women, and the new officers joined the standing members of the executive committee.
- Karolyn Zurn of Minnesota Agri-Women was elected as AAW President.
- Jane Marshall of Ohio Agri-Women was elected to a two-year term as First Vice President of Vital Issues.
- Carie Marshall-Moore of North Dakota Agri-Women was elected to a two-term as Vice President of Communications.
- Jeanette Lombardo of California Women for Agriculture is now the current past president.
Officers returning for their second year of a two-year term are:
- Lesley Schmidt of Kansas Agri-Women, Vice President of Education
- Katie Yost of Montana Agri-Women, Treasurer
- Natalina Sents from Iowa Agri-Women, Secretary
More About the Officers
Zurn farms with her husband, Bill, and 2 sons in Northwestern Minnesota where they raise corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and wheat. As a Past President of Minnesota Agri-Women, she additionally served four years as AAW Chair of Government Issues. She has served on many agriculture boards including Minnesota Ag in the Classroom, Northern Crops Institute Council, and Minnesota Soybean Growers.
Marshall enjoys life on a family dairy farm in Preble County, Ohio. As a leader in her community, she served as Preble County Commissioner, Preble County Fair Board member, Preble County Mental Health Board, along with a variety of other county boards. She currently serves as President on the Preble County Habitat for Humanity Board, is a CASA for Juvenile Court, and a United Way volunteer. Marshall is a past President of the AAW Foundation and was Nominating Chair while on the committee.
Moore, current President of North Dakota Agri-Women, is a promoter of agriculture education and local leadership, especially for youth and women. She is a working partner on their 650-acre farm from making seed orders, fertilizer application, selecting cover crops, and combining. Her role on the North Dakota Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee and as county Vice-President has enhanced her communication and leadership abilities. Being a “class farmer” for 8 classrooms visited monthly, has given many students the appreciation for agriculture. She was selected for the ND See for Yourself Pacific Northwest Soybean Tour; was a top 5 finalist in the Syngenta #rootedinag contest; and a winner of the Monsanto Grow Communities grant.
Lombardo belongs to and serves on numerous agricultural association boards. She was appointed by California Governor Schwarzenegger to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Additionally, Lombardo has completed a federal appointment to the USDA’s Agriculture’s Foreign Ag Services Division. Lombardo is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategic Officer for Global Water Innovations.
Congratulations to these women and all of their accomplishments!