Land O’Lakes, Maggie Rose honor women in ag with ‘She-I-O’
Vocal powerhouse and soul songstress Maggie Rose has teamed up with Land O’Lakes to reimagine the song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” introducing “She-I-O,” a rousing anthem for a new generation that celebrates inclusion and champions women, just in time for Women’s Equality Day, August 26.
“She-I-O” is the cornerstone of the new All Together Better initiative from Land O’Lakes, the farmer-owned cooperative that’s owned and run by 1,791 farmers, many of whom are women. Land O’Lakes wanted to give a voice to the untold stories of the women who work hard to feed this nation.
Land O’Lakes pooled the talents of Americana-country-rock singer Maggie Rose and the grand dame of songwriting, Liz Rose, for the remake of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” Some of Liz’s many songwriting credits include Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” and Kenny Chesney’s “Better Boat.”
“‘She-I-O’ serves as a rallying cry for women breaking stereotypes, not just in dairy farming, but in every industry,” said Maggie Rose. “I was thrilled to work with Liz Rose to rewrite the lyrics to the iconic ‘Old MacDonald’ song, turning it into an homage to America’s hardworking women. There’s beauty and strength in letting our voices be heard.
“I’m passionate about the message at the forefront of ‘She-I-O,’ which celebrates the power of inclusivity and the role women play in modern farming. My husband’s family owns a cattle ranch in Missouri, so I’ve had a glimpse into what goes into putting food on our tables. Like so many of us, I grew up singing ‘Old MacDonald’ when I was young,” said Maggie Rose. “Where you hear the lines ‘on his farm’ and ‘he had a cow,’ it’s nice to finally add in the other half of the population.”