Our very own Jenny Stelmach (right) was elected Vice President of Communications at the AAW Convention last month! Congrats Jenny!
Dr. Kristie Guffey came on board at WKU in January of 2016 teaching Organizational leadership focusing on youth, women and global leadership. Recently, she was the director of the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Center in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. The Center is owned and operated by the Kentucky Department of Education and Kristie ran the non-profit, leadership facility for three years.
Kristie hails from Trigg County where her family has a small beef cattle farm on the south side of the county. She was active in the FFA and 4-H and served as the Kentucky State FFA President. She received her undergraduate degree in Agriculture Education from Western Kentucky, her Master’s in Agriculture Education from Murray State and her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University in 2012. Guffey taught high school agriculture for four years in Carlisle County before coming on board in agriculture at the WKU-Glasgow campus in 2005. While at the Glasgow campus, Kristie worked with her mentor, Dr. David Coffey, in leading 12 study abroad trips to Ecuador. She has led 16 trips over the course of her career and getting ready to embark on a new adventure to China with students in June of 2018.
Kristie has been been married to her husband, Jamie for 13 years and they have two rambunctious girls, Addy Jing who is 6 years old and Ayla Belle who is 2. Their boxer puppy, Dooku provides sanity in their crazy life.
My name is Amanda Keeling and I am the District 5 Representative. I don't know exactly what information you need, so I will just tell you a little history about myself.
I am 43 years old and originally from Kentucky but have spent most of my adult life traveling with my work in retail. I've lived in Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, and Illinois. My husband and I met and married 6 years ago and we have four children that range from 26 - 10. We live in Bardstown. By the time this prints, I will have graduated from Kentucky State University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Food Science, and Environmental Studies. It is my aspiration to take what I have learned academically and implement it to help diversify the family cow/calf operation into other areas of agriculture. Kentucky is a special place for agricultural opportunities. I look forward to exploring all that it has to offer. My goal as a representative of KWIA is to guide women along the way of achieving their own goals in Agriculture. I believe that together we can achieve amazing things.
Jenny Stelmach is a commodities broker and grain marketing consultant for Commodity Marketing Services in Owensboro, KY. She has been in this role for nearly 18 years. Jenny has a BS in Agri-Business from Western Kentucky University. Her involvement with KWIA began at the first conference back in 1999 where she immediately found women that shared her passion for agricuture. She was one of the incorporating members of the organization back in 2003. Jenny has serviced in numerous roles in KWIA including President, Vice President, Immediate Past President, District Representative and Secretary which she currently serves. Jenny is also involved in American Agri-Women serving as the Commodities Coordinator and the Commodity Marketing Chair. She was also elected to the AAW Foundation and currently services as Secretary, but was recently elected vice president! Jenny enjoys working out, the never ending pursuit of decent gluten free food (she has celiac disease), watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.
For those of you that weren’t lucky enough to hear Tammy Potter, our KY State Apiarist at conference in round table discussion about “everything BEES”, please see below the home page for the state honey bee website
Also you can check out the Pollinator Protection app now available to beekeepers and applicators! https://www.kyagr-apps.com/Pollinator/
Believe it or not, the census of Agriculture mailing is probably in your mailbox!
It’s the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. The more responses we have, the more accurate and complete our data will be; we want all farms represented.
Data from the Census help:
· Shape programs and initiatives that benefit young and beginning farmers;
· Expand access to resources that help women, veteran and minority farmers;
· And help farmers diversify into new markets, including local and regional food systems, specialty crops and organic production.
If you have any questions about the Census of Agriculture or any NASS surveys and data, please call our office in Louisville, (800) 928-5277.
As we come to the close of another year, it is a time to reflect on all the accomplishments and blessings that we have had during 2017! Our Annual conference that was held November 6, 7 and 8th was a huge success and very well attended. Our conference co-chairs, Lindie Huffman and Janelle Gardner, did an excellent job in securing speakers and presenters that were informative and inspirational. Our conference planning committee was also very instrumental in the success of the conference. Our work is never done though, we will begin planning for next year's conference during our first board meeting of the year in January 2018. Remember to complete your evaluation for the conference, if you were in attendance, and let us know any suggestions you may have for next year.
Our new board for 2018 will be available to anyone that may have questions or would like to become more active in the organization. The board is listed elsewhere in the newsletter with a few introductions of new board members. Our District Delegates/Representatives will be reaching out to their district members and holding a few district meetings for networking and items of interest to women in agriculture. As a New Year's resolution, please consider reaching out and promoting KWIA in your area. Talk to your co-workers, friends, family and neighbors about our organization and give them the website so they can see what we are about! There are still so many that have never heard of KWIA and I hear that every day when I talk to people about the organization.
If you missed the conference this year, please try to make a point to attend our next one! From Honeybees 101 to Herb Gardening to Emergency Planning to Family Farm Safety, we provided many topics to choose from during the conference. We had great speakers which included Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles, and Ms KY Molley Matney with her Farm Fit platform. Our farm tours were enjoyed by several attendees on the 3rd day and I think the Alpaca Farm, River Hill Ranch, was the hit of the day. Our conferences always have relevant information for everyone in attendance, but the remark I hear the most is the wonderful networking opportunity it offers to women in agriculture!
Again, THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS! Without our sponsors, we would not be able to offer the conference each year and as a nonprofit, we would not be able to continue with our organization.
To everyone I wish a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year for 2018!
KY WOMEN IN AG, INC.
KWIA Member Appointed to the Education Professionals Standards Board
Tracy Voils Adams, Russell Springs, represents exceptional education teachers. She is a teacher for Russell County Schools. Adams shall serve for a term expiring June 30, 2020.