Grown Here at Home: James River High School students changing attitudes about women in agriculture

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BUCHANAN, Va. (WDBJ7) Three ladies at James River High School are sharing their love for agriculture and changing attitudes about women working in the field.

“Over the past couple of years women have started playing a bigger role in agriculture,” said senior Mikayla Fay.

“It's just amazing the influence and the impact that women can have on many different levels within agriculture,” said junior Bailey Marshall.

“A lot of people think agriculture is only farming and it's really not. We're teachers. We're leaders. We are doctors, veterinarians, mechanics. I mean there's everything,” explained senior Skyler Camper.

Mikayla, Bailey, and Skyler are all members of the James River High School FFA. And they were all on teams that placed last year at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“I was raised on my family's beef farm. So agriculture was always there, but it wasn't until I joined FFA that I really understood my roots and what they meant to our community and to the world,” Bailey said.

“I feel like in the FFA everyone is equal and no one really judges you if you're a woman or a man. Everyone can do the same thing,” said Skyler.

“I was on an all-girls Livestock Evaluation Team. We went up against a lot of teams that had boys on them. It helps to build your confidence,” Mikayla said.

And they're hoping other young ladies will have the same love for ag as they do.

“Go for it! Agriculture definitely has something for absolutely everyone,” said Skyler.

“It is a great thing to do and most likely to start with 4H or FFA and that is like a perfect building block,” said Mikayla.

“I challenge them to just be true to themselves and realize what this industry does and how impactful it is for each and every one of us. We're getting stronger in our influence in the field,” Bailey said.