The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has been honoring women in Agriculture since 2010. Sunday, August 12, 2018 marked the day where four women were honored at the State Fair of West Virginia for their vital roles on the farm.
Kent Leonhardt is the Commissioner of Agriculture. He said it is very important to honor women these four women.
“It’s a great deal. It’s very important that we honor women like this so we can inspire other women to do the same,” Leonhardt said.
The four winners of the awards were Miriam Lethererman, Lynn Benedict, Jewel Plumley and Cynthia Martel. Plumley explained what it meant to her to receive this award.
“It was a great honor to receive this award. I have worked with the livestock and poultry industry over health issues for over 40 years and worked with 4-H and FFA which is extremely important,” Plumley said.
Martel another award recipient said she would tell young girls in Agriculture to never take no as an answer.
“Basically learn everything you can and be part of the enterprise or part of the farm and contribute in areas that your most comfortable in but also don’t be afraid to try and learn new things,” Martel said.
All four women honored had a common theme in their thank you speech about how it takes a village not just a single person to be effective.