Cal­i­for­nia Woman Cho­sen To Lead Amer­i­can Agri-Women Group

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Jeanette Lom­bardo, Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of the Cal­i­for­nia Women for Agri­cul­ture has been elected Pres­i­dent of Amer­i­can Agri-Women (AAW) for 2018-2019.

Lom­bardo be­longs to and serves on nu­mer­ous agri­cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tion boards. She was ap­pointed by for­mer Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger to the Los An­ge­les Re­gional Wa­ter Qual­ity Con­trol Board. The board is one of nine re­gional boards statewide that has ju­ris­dic­tion to pro­tect the ground and sur­face wa­ter qual­ity in the Los An­ge­les and Ven­tura County re­gions. Ad­di­tion­ally, Lom­bardo has com­pleted a fed­eral ap­point­ment to the United States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s For­eign Ag Ser­vices Divi­sion. This ap­point­ment was made to the Agri­cul­tural Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Trade in fruits and veg­eta­bles. The com­mit­tee is a pri­vate sec­tor body that pro­vides tech­ni­cal ad­vice on US agri­cul­tural trade is­sues to the Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture and the US Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Am­bas­sador.

Lom­bardo is the Co­Founder and Chief Strate­gic Of­fi­cer for Global Wa­ter In­no­va­tions. This com­pany is a pro­ject de­vel­oper of cost-ef­fec­tive brack­ish ground­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion so­lu­tions for agri­cul­ture. Ad­di­tion­ally, they as­sist farm­ers with find­ing new wa­ter sources by treat­ing oil pro­duced wa­ter and ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter runoff as well as sat­is­fy­ing reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance for con­tain­ments. Lom­bardo is a sin­gle mother of two daugh­ters. Lau­ren is 24 and is a Data Sci­en­tist cur­rently work­ing in New York City. Younger daugh­ter, Nicole, is 21 and a ju­nior at Wash­ing­ton State Univer­sity, Pull­man were she is work­ing on her dou­ble ma­jor in Psy­chi­a­try and Crim­i­nal Jus­tice.

Other newly named of­fi­cers for the year come from a num­ber of states across the coun­try.

Karolyn Zurn from Min­nesota Agri Women was elected First Vice Pres­i­dent. Zurn farms with her hus­band, Bill, and two sons in North Western Min­nesota where they raise corn, soy­beans, sugar beets and wheat. Zurn is Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of Min­nesota Agri-Women and served four years as AAW Chair of Government Is­sues.

Jenny Stel­mach from Ken­tucky Women in Agri­cul­ture was elected Vice Pres­i­dent of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Stel­mach’s in­volve­ment in agri­cul­ture be­gan in 1999 when the first Ken­tucky Women in Agri­cul­ture meet­ings were held. Hav­ing com­pleted her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Agri­cul­tural Busi­ness at Western Ken­tucky Univer­sity in De­cem­ber 1994 and go­ing im­me­di­ately to a hor­ti­cul­tural in­tern­ship at the Land Pavil­ion in Ep­cot Cen­ter she had fi­nally found a group of like­minded women.

Jean Goslin from Kansas Agri-Women serves as Vice Pres­i­dent of Ed­u­ca­tion. Goslin started out in the United Farm Wives, a pre­cur­sor to Kansas AgriWomen. She took some time to raise three kids and work full time. Since getting in­volved again, she has served as Pres­i­dent, Vice Pres­i­dent, and chair­man of the dec­o­ra­tions com­mit­tee for the 2011 AAW con­ven­tion held in Kansas.

Katie Yost from Mon­tana Agri-Women was elected Trea­surer. Grow­ing up in Mon­tana, Yost has been in­volved in agri­cul­ture through­out her life. Her fam­ily comes from a ranch­ing back­ground, and she now works for her fam­ily owned live­stock liq­uid feed com­pany, Nutra-Lix, Inc.

Natalina Sents from Iowa Agri Women was elected as Sec­re­tary. Im­me­di­ately af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Iowa State Univer­sity with a de­gree in Agri­cul­tural Busi­ness, Sents pitched, planned, and part­nered with Beck’s Hy­brids on a year-long, na­tion­wide road trip, hon­or­ing farm­ers through blogs and pho­tog­ra­phy in all 50 states.

Doris Mold from Min­nesota Agri-Women moved into the role of Past Pres­i­dent. Farmer, agri­cul­ture ad­vo­cate, ag con­sul­tant, ed­u­ca­tor, vol­un­teer, Mold is pas­sion­ate about devel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of ag lead­ers, ad­vo­cat­ing for agri­cul­ture and em­pow­er­ing all agri­cul­tur­al­ists, par­tic­u­larly women.

Amer­i­can Agri-Women (AAW) is a national coali­tion of more than 50,000 farm, ranch and agribusi­ness mem­bers. Since the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­cep­tion in 1974, AAW has worked to ed­u­cate con­sumers; ad­vo­cate for agri­cul­ture; and of­fer net­work­ing and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or to join, visit Amer­i­canA­griWomen.org. Find AAW on so­cial me­dia at: face­book. com/AgriWomen and twit­ter.com/Women4Ag.

Shown, mem­bers of the 2018-2019 Amer­i­can Agri-Women of­fi­cer team. Back row from left, Doris Mold, Jean Goslin, Natalina Sents, Katie Yost. Front row from left, Karolyn Zurn, Jeanette Lom­bardo and Jenny Stel­mach.

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