‘Sky is the limit’ for women entering ag industry
HUNTINGTOWN, Md. — In just the years she has been in college, Emma Mullineaux has seen the change in more women entering the agriculture industry.
When she started, she said only three other women shared her major — but now about to graduate in December from the University of Maryland, women in agriculture is no longer such a novelty.
“It’s improved,” Mullineaux said. “Now it’s kind of the norm to have a lot of women in agriculture.”
As the agronomist for MADTech — the Southern Maryland-based drone operator and crop consultant firm — Mullineaux works with farmers on using aerial drone photos to improve soil sampling, nutrient management, field drainage and crop production.
“She is a huge, huge part of our business,” said Monica Beeman, MADTech chief operating officer.
While Beeman said there’s “not enough” women in farming careers, she and Mullineaux agree the upward trend will continue.
“The sky’s the limit at this point,” Beeman said. “All the doors are wide open. It’s just a matter of who’s going to walk through them.”
They said the women running farms and working in agriculture now are the next generation’s role models, providing an example to young women that agriculture is an option.
For Mullineaux, agriculture was something she chased from an early age, aided by her parents and grandparents.
And it’s something she said has continued through the start of her career.
“One hundred percent of the people I work with on farms have treated me with respect and encourage me to follow this career path,” she said.
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