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Agricultural Women To Gather / Seek Nominations for the Next “Diamond in the Rough”

Agricultural Women To Gather / Seek Nominations for the Next “Diamond in the Rough”

Innovation and Collaboration will be the theme of the ninth Women in Agriculture Leadership Conference (WALC), to be held in Albuquerque, April 27 thru 29.  The 2011 WALC will be held in conjunction with the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) Region VI Meeting with participants from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Hawaii, and Nevada. Over 200 women from across the southwest’s agricultural industry are expected to come together to discuss current issues, network, and honor outstanding women in the group.

The ‘Diamond in the Rough’ award was created to recognize an outstanding woman in New Mexico agriculture and highlight her efforts and contributions.  Initiated by the WALC and its various sponsors, the award (previously called the Corazon Award) has been given at each of the previous conferences during a special awards ceremony. Nominations are currently being accepted for those women that, through their actions, strive to make New Mexico’s agricultural industry a prosperous, viable component of the Land of Enchantment. This conference, held every two years in different locations around the state, draws women from all types of agriculture.  “Today’s agricultural women are integral parts of their families’ agricultural operations and agri-business, in addition to their traditional roles,” said Shacey Sullivan, Farm Credit of New Mexico, Conference Co-Chair.

Nomination forms for the award as well as registration information on the conference can be found at or and must be received by April 1, 2011 to be considered.  You can also download nomination forms here* and award info here.

*The award nomination form is a fillable pdf and you may fill it out online and print it out but you can’t save the form.