Two deserving women, each from a different part of the state and each from a different segment of agriculture, were awarded the Women in Agriculture awards from Purdue University Extension. The awards are made each year to honor women in agriculture who excel at leadership and achievement. In fact, the categories are broken out to guarantee that there is one honoree for leadership, and one for achievement.
LuAnn Troxel, LaPorte, received the Leadership award. She co-owns Troxel Dairy Farm in La Porte with her veterinarian husband, Tom. Their operation also extends into Starke County.
"I wasn't a farm girl, but once Tom and I met, I really got interested in dairy," she says. Besides helping in the clinic her husband operates for animal vet care and the dairy, she also helps with Heifer Hill, a neonatal heifer raising facility where they raise 200 head of baby calves up to six months of age.
She still finds time to be head of the Indiana Professional Diary Producers. She has served as president of that group since 2009. It puts her in a position to help develop and promote dairy policy and ideas that can help the dairy industry in Indiana.
The second recipient, winning in the Achievement category, is Tammi Unger. The category is designed for someone directly involved in a farm operation. She, along with her husband and children, operates 4,500 acres in Sullivan County. One of her roles has been to help position the farm so that both their daughter and son may join the operation successfully.
Meanwhile, she is also heavily involved in 4-H and Extension activities within the county. She has been active in Annie's Project, which is a recordkeeping project for farm women. Tammi's family farm was the first stop on the 2011 Indiana Farm Management Tour.
Congratulations to both women as winners of the Women in Agriculture award.