WEST LAFAYETTE -- Purdue Extension is accepting nominations for the 2011 Women in Agriculture awards.
The annual awards recognize women who have provided leadership and made positive contributions to Indiana agriculture through their involvement in an Indiana agricultural enterprise, agribusiness, farm or commodity organization, Fulton County Extension Educator and awards coordinator Christa Holloway said.
"Women have always been an important part of agriculture, but were less likely to be sought out or recognized for their involvement and successes in the field," Holloway said. "The Women in Agriculture awards validate that women are an important part of Indiana agriculture. In addition, it is important to highlight the agricultural field in general because younger generations need to know that agriculture is still a career option."
Two awards will be presented, including the Achievement award and the Leadership award.
The Achievement award honors a woman who has been active in Indiana agriculture primarily through a home farm operation or agribusiness.
The Leadership award is given to a woman who serves in an agribusiness or policymaking position.
An award nomination form is available online at www.agriculture.purdue.edu/wia/index.htm.
The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team will present the awards during Purdue Day at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 12.
The 2010 award winners were Louise Beaman of Johnson County and Carolyn Hegel of Wabash County.