Women in agriculture are a force to be reckon with. We have seen recently that they are the key to implementing conservation on the ground. In addition, they fight for farmer’s rights every day. American Agri-Women recently presented Mindy Patterson, President, and husband, Mark, CEO and co-founders of The Cavalry Group, the Veritas Award at their AAW 2018 National Convention held in Springfield, Illinois. The award is given to women who stand up for the truth in ag — veritas is Latin for “truth.”
AAW Veritas Committee Chair Pat Yeagel shared that the Veritas Award was created from the AAW motto, “A Force for Truth,” and is given to an individual or organization which has given public witness to the pursuit of truth. The Cavalry Group was nominated for the Veritas Award by Montana Agri-Women.
Mindy and her husband, Mark, founded the Cavalry Group after realizing the great and critical need for the protection, awareness and legal counsel for animal-owners. The Patterson’s live in Wildwood, Missouri, and have a grown daughter. They fight daily against the threat of the radical animal rights movement nationwide. “They are attempting to destroy the very heritage of American horseback, farming culture, and animal ownership — which is ultimately an assault on American’s private property rights,” says Mindy.
The Cavalry Group specializes in exposing the truth against unfair and false-based accusations brought forth by extremist animal rights’ groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). They are leading the charge in defending the onslaught of a growing “anti-animal ownership” ideology. They challenge the infiltration of animal rights activism in government at the local, state and federal levels and protecting the Constitutional rights of ownership through legal defense of members, increasing public awareness through lobbying efforts and testifying in Congress.