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This One’s for the Women of Farm Science Review
Ohio Ag Connection - 09/18/2023

More than half (51%) of all farming operations in the United States have at least one female operator, according to the 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

“We’re not always the tag-along,” said Emily Mullen, owner and operator of Mullen Dairy and Creamery in southwest Ohio's Okeana and a longtime FSR attendee.

“My first experience at FSR was actually a super big deal because I got to play hooky from school for the day and hang out with my dad,” said Mullen. “To be thrown together with a group of people that shared the same passion as I had made me feel like I was part of a community.”

Like other farmers, Mullen has to think outside the box to keep her family’s fourth-generation dairy farm going.

“One thing I noticed as I looked at the generations of past family members is that I had to farm differently in order to maintain a place in this industry,” said Mullen. “My way of diversifying the cash flow for our family’s farm was to implement the creamery.”

Something that sets the Mullen Dairy and Creamery apart from other creameries is the 25 flavor offerings for fluid milk. The flavors range from banana, cotton candy and cookies and cream, to chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

For many, including women in agriculture, attending FSR is an opportunity for business-minded individuals to come together with other pros in the industry.

“It’s super important that we get together to discuss our new findings, new things we have implemented on our farm and bounce ideas off of each other,” said Mullen.

Staying connected is one of the many reasons Mullen comes to the show year-after-year.

“As a dairy farmer, I love to go to the Prenger’s booth and hang out with them because some of them are not on my regular service route and I don’t see them regularly,” said Mullen. “It’s important to maintain those relationships because you never know when you’re going to need to call a friend and ask a question.”


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