American Agri-Women (AAW) elected its national officers at its 2021 national convention recently in Phoenix, AZ. AAW, a national coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is in its 47th year of advocating for agriculture.
Heather Hampton+Knodle of Fillmore will be the group’s new president. Rose Tyron Vancott of Paradise, CA is first vice president, Kathy Goodyke of Crookston, MN is treasurer and Laura Hart of Hart, TX is vice president of communications. Karolyn Zurn of Callaway, MN, former president, will now transition to the past president role. These women will serve two-year terms.
Continuing on the national board for the second year of their two-year term are Jacquie Compston of Minden, NV, who serves as vice president of education. Kim Bremmer of Loyal, WI, will continue as secretary.
Hampton+Knodle is a farmer, past communications consultant and association manager. She and her family grow corn, soybeans and wheat and manage a small herd of black Angus cattle. She is dedicated to developing rural economies through incentivizing investments in telecommunications, innovative workforce development, and enabling entrepreneurship.
Hampton+Knodle was the founding chairman of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation, the Central Illinois Economic Development Authority, and the Montgomery CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program.
Officers held a planning session in mid-November to set priorities for the coming year.
“Our officer team is dedicated to advancing our mission to unite women in ag, communicate among ourselves to develop better leaders and accurate messages, and to promote policies that make sense for the production of food, fiber and renewable fuels and for our consumers,” said Hampton+Knodle.
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