Nodji VanWychen of Warrens, was recognized as a true promoter of agriculture, being named the 2015 AgVocate of the Year at the Wisconsin Ag Women's Summit held March 13-14 in Madison. More than 340 women were in attendance to celebrate their role in agriculture at the event, hosted by Badgerland Financial, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and UW-Extension.
VanWychen and her husband, Jim, of Wetherby Cranberry Company, have welcomed visitors from all over the country and world to their cranberry bogs for educational and international trade purposes. While the work on the bog keeps her extremely busy, the role that she cherishes is being a true leader and champion for Wisconsin agriculture. Van Wychen is a 2014 Wisconsin Master Agriculturist.
"My whole life, I have loved to be on our cranberry marsh telling our story to thousands of people. I enjoy going to agriculture-related events and hosting tours and educating the public on the cranberry industry," said VanWychen. "As an extension of my teaching days I give tours to school groups and offer a public Cranberry Blossom Day and a Cranberry Harvest Day for the general public to come out to our marsh and see the process firsthand."
Since 2013, the Wisconsin Ag Women's Summit has recognized an AgVocate of the Year. This award is given to a woman who actively and positively represents agriculture to both her peers and those outside of the agriculture community. She works to tell agriculture's story in a professional manner and is seen as a leader and voice for local and state issues and events.The Summit's planning committee invites women to save the date for the 2016 Wisconsin Ag Women's Summit, to be held March 4-5 at the Madison Marriot West in Middleton. For event details, visit wiagwomenssummit.com.