September 21, 2020

Virtual panel to discuss diverse career opportunities in agriculture

by Jason Franchuk

CARBONDALE, Ill. — A virtual panel discussion this week hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences will explore the diverse career opportunities available within the farming industry for women.

The conversation, via Zoom, is set for noon, Friday, Sept. 25, and will focus on the varying agriculture-related careers. The discussion will include Erin Perry, an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition.

The meeting is free and open to the public. To participate, click on the Zoom link. The meeting ID is 954 9813 8374 and call-in number is 312/626-6799, 95498138374#.

Other panelists will include:

  • Susan Graham, assistant to the Dean, College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences.
  • Miriam Hoffman, a junior studying agribusiness economics from Earlville, Illinois.
  • Sarah Dintelmann, a 2020 SIU Carbondale graduate in agricultural business and agronomy who is now working with Bayer Crop Science.

Perry said her goal is to help young women understand the vast diversity of available opportunities within the industry. The discussion will feature SIU faculty, students and alumni.

“Agriculture is a huge field that encompasses veterinary medicine, cutting-edge plant science research, and everything in between,” she said. “I think the most important thing to know is that women in agriculture are more than farmers.  They are scientists, veterinarians, statisticians, crop specialists, journalists, marketing specialists, photographers, and so much more.”

 The virtual meeting is sponsored by the southern region of Illinois Agri-Women.