A Sherwood woman has been elected to the post of president of Arkansas Women in Agriculture.
Amy Lyman of Sherwood was elected president at the group elected its new board for the year when AWA held its annual membership meeting on March 15 in conjunction with the Annual Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.
Lyman said she is honored being elected to the post.
“I am excited to have been chosen to be a part of this exceptional organization,” according to Lyman.
Lyman said agriculture is a vital part of Arkansas’ economy.
“For every 100 jobs in Arkansas, 27 are ag-related and many of those jobs are held by women,” she said.” From the family farm to the board and classroom, the number of women involved in agriculture continues to grow.”
Lyman said Arkansas Women in Agriculture has great potential to impact the lives of women in Arkansas.
“Our mission is to provide educational programs for women in agriculture, networking with other Arkansas women in agricultural and rural community issues, and also provide helpful information on balancing the demands of family, community and professional lives,” she said. “The Arkansas Women in Agriculture Board will be focused on reaching out to communities across the state to build awareness of the organization and grow membership this year.”
At the meeting, other Arkansas Women in Agriculture members elected were Melissa Beck, 1st Vice President; Karen Chapman, 2nd Vice President; Jane Bryant, Secretary; Carrie Hirmer, Treasurer; Monica Paskewitz, Northeast Representative; Jackie Cherry, Northwest Representative; Jenny Lanier, Southwest Representative; Amanda Carrell, Southeast Representative; and Mary Clayton, Member at Large.
Each year, the Arkansas Women in Agriculture recognize significant contributions to Arkansas agriculture. The following awards were presented during the annual conference:
Inspiration Award — Barbara Armstrong;
This award is for a woman whose example inspires you, motivates you, and makes you feel good about being a part of Arkansas Women in Agriculture. This award is intended for someone within ARWIA.
Volunteer of the Year Award — Jackie Cherry;
This award is to recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond on behalf of ARWIA.
Spirit of ARWIA AWARD — Patty Felty who passed in 2012;
This award is for a company, individual, sponsor or organization that exemplifies the spirit of ARWIA.
Arkansas Women in Agriculture is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide educational programs for women involved in agriculture in Arkansas, provide a network with other Arkansas women involved in agricultural and rural community issues, and identify new ways to balance the demands of family, community and professional lives, she added.
For more information on Arkansas Women in Ag or membership information, visit www.arkansaswomeninag.com.