Minnwest Bank launched its Women in Agriculture blog series today, March 8, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019. The series features articles from interviews with women at work every day in agronomy, genetic plant science, education, nonprofit groups, crop production, and agricultural lending.
“Our goal is to, not only further strengthen our brand as an ag leader in the market place, but also to highlight the unique stories of women in our communities and the impact they are having on agriculture, “ said Doug Karsky, Minnwest Bank CEO. In addition, Karsky says he wants to educate youth about the diverse career paths available in agriculture. “If our youth understand the importance agriculture and the professional opportunities it offers, we believe our rural communities will continue to thrive.”
The first article delivered by Minnwest highlights Wabasso, Minnesota, native Jessie Alt. Alt earned her undergraduate degree in agronomy from South Dakota State University. She also earned a masters degree in corn breeding and a doctorate in soybean breeding from Iowa State University. In 2005, she launched her career as a soybean breeder with Schillinger Seed, where she developed herbicide-resistant soybeans. Alt now leads the global wheat program for Corteva Agriscience, a division of DowDuPont.
For the rest of Jessie’s story go to: https://www.minnwestbank.com/about-us/blog/women-in-agriculture-jessie-alts-farm-roots-take-her-to-an-enriching-career-of-plant-breeding