Group brings women together to share their ag successes, challenges

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A new group aims to connect more women in the agricultural community and highlight both their successes and the challenges they face in the industry.

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A new group aims to connect more women in the agricultural community and highlight both their successes and the challenges they face in the industry.

Ag Women Manitoba, a newly created non-profit organization, held its first meeting in Winnipeg on April 5 and on Saturday, approximately 20 women got together for a meet and greet in Brandon at the Prairie Firehouse.

Together, the women shared their personal experiences working in agriculture and brainstormed ideas for what they could all do as an organization going forward.

Michael Lee/The Brandon Sun A group of about 20 women gathered at the Prairie Firehouse on Saturday for a meet and greet hosted by the new non-profit organization Ag Women Manitoba.

“So far the supports has been amazing,” said the organization’s chair, Pam Bailey.

Bailey moved out west from Antigonish, N.S., and is a director for Manitoba Canola Growers. She runs a farm with her husband in Dacotah, near Elie, where the two grow canola, wheat and soybeans.

She was inspired to create the group after meeting her partner and current vice-chair of Ag Women Manitoba, Tiffany Dancho, at a mentorship program at the University of Manitoba.

Women have been in agriculture forever, Bailey said.

With 21 members officially signed up, Bailey said she has met women from a range of backgrounds and perspectives.

“And unfortunately, one of the things is that we just haven’t had … the support sometimes.”

With women still underrepresented in agriculture, Bailey said she and others have experienced their own set of challenges in the industry, whether it’s being the only woman at a meeting or clinic, or trying to find equipment that fits properly.

Michael Lee/The Brandon Sun Pam Bailey listens in during a meet and greet at the Prairie Firehouse on Saturday for Ag Women Manitoba.

“And now, just with the changing times and everything, we have these women in agriculture, whether they have self-identified or not, that need to be heard.”

The organization hopes to form more partnerships and collaborations with different conferences, trade shows, government and commodity groups.

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