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Indiana agriculture advocates honored for leadership, passion

Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture recognized three Indiana agriculture leaders at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 4.

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the Purdue College of Agriculture, and Angie Abbott, assistant dean of Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences and associate director for Purdue Extension, honored the recipients of the Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture 2022 awards.

Karen award

“It is a pleasure for Purdue Extension to spotlight women who are committed to the success of Indiana agriculture. The recipients' hard work and dedication to their communities and the agriculture industry is evident in all they do,” said Abbott.

Purdue rising senior, Savannah Bordner, received the Emerging Women in Agriculture Leadership award, which recognizes the accomplishments of a high school or undergraduate student who has made a positive impact on agriculture. Bordner is studying agriculture economics at Purdue while serving as a Purdue College of Agriculture ambassador and in Purdue’s Old Master’s Program. She recently traveled on a Purdue study abroad program with two Purdue Extension educators to study the rural development of Ireland while also learning about fisheries and agri-tourism.

Bordner has completed four internships in her career including at Ag Reliant Genetics, a production agriculture marketing intern with John Deere, a sales and marketing agronomic intern at LG Seeds and a commercial sales intern with Corteva Agriscience. She was a 10-year 4-H member and served as the Indiana State FFA Northern Regional Vice President, during which she visited middle and high school classrooms to share her passion for agriculture. As a state FFA officer, she also traveled to Washington D.C. to discuss agriculture policy issues with representatives.

Karen and group

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture Leadership Award recognizes a woman in an agribusiness or policymaking position who has actively influenced Indiana agriculture. Katie Glick, practice group director for Ice Miller LLP, was honored with the 2022 award. Glick and her husband, Brett, live on their family farm in Columbus, Indiana, with their two daughters. The family owns and operates their private seed company, L&M Glick Seed, selling corn, soybean and wheat seeds directly to customers and the wholesale market. They also have a cattle operation and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and double crop soybeans.

In 2011, Glick joined the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Corn Growers Association as the public affairs and industry relations director. She worked with industry professionals and lobbied on behalf of Indiana corn and soybean farmers. Glick has served as an advocate for Indiana agriculture throughout her career including presenting at the National FFA conference and writing for a blog and the hometown newspaper. Glick is a 10-year 4-H member and continues to support the Indiana 4-H Foundation and local 4-H efforts in Bartholomew County.

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture Achievement Award recognizes women who are directly involved in a home farm operation. Joelle Orem of Howard County is the honoree for 2022. With her husband and family, she helps manage Orem Farms, a beef cattle, grain crops and custom hay production operation. She works with Barn2Door, an e-commerce platform that offers web stores for farmers, as a marketing development expert. Orem helps farmers improve their brand strategy through social media and marketing. She recently joined Purdue Extension’s Women in Agriculture team to assist with event planning and creative projects.

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture awards committee was co-chaired by Beth Vansickle, an Extension educator in Madison County and Lindsey Moore, senior litigation officer at Farm Credit Mid America. The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture team provides educational opportunities and resources for women in the agriculture industry and coordinates the Midwest Women in Agriculture conference.


Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817,

Source: Beth Vansickle,


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