Agribusiness has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, but the opportunities for women are rapidly expanding. We asked Monsanto seed account manager Rhonda Harness of Bettendorf, Iowa, where she forsees the greatest growth.
“Education-we need to educate people on ag,” says Harness. “Energy and ethanol-we’re going to have to be able to conserve energy and do things a little bit differently.”
Harness also sees a growing need for agricultural engineers.
“If we are going to double our yields-we have made a commitment to double our yields by 2030-we’re going to have to have the equipment to be able to handle this type of production.”
Harness spoke on women and ag careers in a male-dominated industry at Thursday’s (July 30) Iowa Women in Ag Conference near Huxley.