(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The 2013 Missouri State Fair has announced two outstanding female agriculturists, selected in a new contest sponsored by Monsanto. Brenda Black of Deepwater received the contest title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture, and Kellar Nelson of Mexico received the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture Rising Star. For their accomplishment, both women will receive a $1,000 cash donation from Monsanto, which will be presented to the non-profit organizations of their choice in a program held during the Governor’s Ham Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 15. On this day, women of all ages will enjoy free gate admission and a plethora of activities specifically planned for them.
“The Missouri Woman in Agriculture Contest was established this year to recognize the outstanding achievements women make in our state’s number one industry,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “Our winners’ leadership roles in agriculture, their commitment to advance agriculture, and their extensive Fair participation made them more than deserving of these awards.”
Black, the first Missouri Woman in Agriculture award winner, is a graduate of the University of Missouri Agriculture Journalism program. She is currently serving as the Missouri Cattlewomen’s Association President and is a member of the National Cattleman’s Beef Board. Black has been active in the Missouri State Fair all her life, and has chosen the Missouri Cattlewomen’s Upper Class Scholarship Fund as the agriculture-related beneficiary of the $1,000 donation given on her behalf by Monsanto.
“I’m proud to say the Missouri Cattlewomen’s Association will use this donation to offer one young woman a $1,000 college scholarship this year for ag-related classes,” said Black. “There are an increasing number of women not only majoring, but also excelling in agriculture, and we want to continue to promote women’s leadership, along with the strong legacy of Missouri women in agriculture.”
Nelson, the first recipient of the award for Missouri Woman in Agriculture Rising Star, has a Master’s degree in Plant, Insect and Microbial Sciences from the University of Missouri. She has been active in the Missouri State Fair through 4-H, showing sheep and cattle, as well as presenting demonstrations in the 4-H building. Nelson chose the Boone County 4-H Programs as the beneficiary of the $1,000 donation given on her behalf by Monsanto.