A USDA program to mentor women in agriculture sounds like a good idea to Illinois leaders. In fact, they say it's been done here for years.“Women are making inroads into non-traditional careers in agriculture,” says Penny Lauritzen of Lanark, in northwestern Illinois. “Many of them are STEM-related; that would be science, technology, engineering, and math.”
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Lauritzen says through groups such as Illinois AgriWomen and Women Changing the Face of Agriculture, the structure is there for women to “pay it forward” for the next generation.
Lauritzen says 900 young women, most of them high school students, will participate in an event March 6 at Illinois State University to learn more about ag careers.
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