Women bring new voice to agriculture

By Carolyn Lange

 

WILLMAR — Amanda Freund knows she has a “crappy” job.

She grins good-naturedly, recalling every junior-high joke ever uttered about the sturdy containers made from manure generated by her family’s dairy cows that she markets as nutrient-rich, biodegradable seed-starting pots.

“I’m literally selling crap,” Freund said during a Women in Ag Network conference last week in Willmar.

Freund was one of about a dozen speakers at the conference, which drew about 60 women from around the state who sought risk-management education that could enhance their work on the farm.

The all-day event was also a way to broaden the network of support for women who are playing an increasing role in Minnesota agriculture.

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