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When you see the name FarmHer, you may question the meaning behind it. In an ever-changing industry, farming can sometimes be seen as male-dominated. FarmHer was founded by Marji Guyler-Alaniz because she wanted to show the importance of women in agriculture.

FarmHer was founded in 2013 to begin to change the image of the agriculture industry. In recent years, women are rising to the forefront of agriculture in so many ways; as owners/operators, landowners, workers, mentors and much more. This all started by showing women in agriculture and sharing their stories on how they became “the Farmer.” Today FarmHer has grown into not just a gallery of images that are changing the way people perceive a farmer, but has expanded across the United States while shining a light on women in agriculture. [This stated from www.farmher.com.] The company has shown its presence in magazines such as The Oprah Magazine, The Huggington Post, and Modern Farmer. In one of the articles written by Guyler-Alaniz she says “They're iconic scenes of rural America—a farmer driving a tractor at sunrise, herding cattle across a pasture, brushing dirt from a freshly dug potato. However, Des Moines photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz captures an aspect of farm life that is rarely seen: the women." "I grew up in rural Iowa," she says. "I know that without women, farms wouldn't run.”

If you have a chance to search the average age of the American farmer; you can see that it is high, considering how labor intensive the career is. The average age is 58 years, and that average is steadily on the rise. Now, more than ever, it is important to to support the young farmers that we have in the industry. If you would like more information on FarmHer, feel free to read more articles at https://farmher.com/pages/press.

The Central Lyon Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Industrial Arts Education and Vocation Agriculture Education. It is the policy of the Central Lyon Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to the Superintendent, Central Lyon CSD, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246, (712) 472-2664, superintendent@centrallyon.org. Please see District Board Policies for additional information on grievance procedures.