Hardworking and motivated, Margaret “Betty” E. Turner dedicated herself to professional growth. She started out as a secretary at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and ended up becoming the first female grain inspector and the first female licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ms. Turner’s expertise in export grain inspection, operations management, and state to federal regulatory compliance helped her thrive as an office manager with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Some of her responsibilities with the government agency included managing office operations and budgeting. Ms. Turner was also responsible for helping to promote the agency’s mission of supporting economic growth and development in Virginian agriculture and encouraging environmental stewardship and consumer protection.
Coming from a non-agricultural background, Temple Grandin was fascinated when her mother remarried and brought a ranch into the family. There were not many women in the cattle industry at the time, but she was determined to prove herself. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a Master of Science in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Dr. Grandin’s first professional positions were livestock editor for Arizona Farmer Ranchman and equipment designer for Corral Industries. Her efforts in these capacities led her to step out as an independent consultant through Grandin Livestock Systems in Urbana, Illinois,
Wanting to be a positive influence and to inspire others to be better, Kathy Harris has dedicated her life to her community. She strongly believes that it doesn’t take someone who is rich and famous to change the world; it just takes someone who continues to put in the effort. One of the main ways she does this is through her work. As the co-owner of Harris Farm since 2000 and the secretary of CW Matthews Contracting since 1999, Ms. Harris is known for her work ethic and positive energy. She is responsible for tasks like bookkeeping and record keeping, computer navigation and data entry, creating and managing databases to ensure FDA compliance, documenting control to suffice for FDA horticulture