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FROM THE EDITOR

Narrowing the gender
gap in agribusiness

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omen make up nearly half of the
worldwide workforce, but the
percentage of female employees
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who has attended a conference or trade show
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is underway to bring more women into the
agribusiness workforce, which, if successful, will immeasurably strengthen these industries and their individual companies.
Never has the push for gender parity in
the agribusiness arena enjoyed so much momentum. There is the fast-growing Women in
Agribusiness organization that was launched
in the United States and is expanding into
Europe. Its goal is to promote women in the
agriculture/agribusiness sectors. Industry
associations such as the International Association of Operative Millers, the National
Grain and Feed Association and the Grain
Elevator and Processing Society are pushing
hard to increase their female membership as
well as actively promoting their respective
industries to prospective female employees.
The American Feed Industry Association recently hired Constance Cullman as its new
president and CEO, and, also in 2019, Emily Likens was named president and CEO
of Augusta, Michigan, U.S.-based Knappen
Milling, succeeding her father.
Multinational giants such as Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), which was led by
a female CEO, Patricia Woertz, from 200614, and Cargill, have developed programs
designed to increase the number of women
in their companies, especially upper management positions. Through a partnership with
Paradigm for Parity, a coalition comprised
of business leaders who are committed to a
norm in corporate leadership in which women and men have equal power, status, and op6

portunity, ADM and Cargill announced their
commitment to achieve "gender parity" by
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a quota" or make a politically-correct statement. Instead, the companies and associations participating in this movement see real
value in having strong female representation.
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with a diverse workforce are more creative,
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Despite this progress, there's still plenty
of room for improvement. A recent Alltech
survey found that 68% of women in agribusiness felt unequal pay was a problem, and
an alarming 48% said they have witnessed or
experienced sexist comments or behavior in
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they were not hired, passed over for a promotion or received less pay than male colleagues
simply because of their
gender. All employees,
regardless of gender, race
and, for that matter, religious and political views,
should be judged solely
on their job performance.
Truly embracing the concept of a diverse
workforce is vital to the success of the agribusiness sector moving forward.

Arvin Donley
Editor

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World Grain - February 2020
Contents
From the Editor - Narrowing the gender gap in agribusiness
Calendar of Events
IAOM plans annual conference and expo in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
News Review
Grain Market Review - Rice
Country Focus - Focus on Saudi Arabia
Technical Profile - Flatbread: A favorite in Saudi Arabia
Feature - Growing women's role in agribusiness
Feed Quarterly
GEAPS: Event is March 21-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center
GEAPS Product Showcase
Supplier News
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World Grain - February 2020 - IAOM plans annual conference and expo in Portland, Oregon, U.S.
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World Grain - February 2020 - News Review
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World Grain - February 2020 - Grain Market Review - Rice
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World Grain - February 2020 - Country Focus - Focus on Saudi Arabia
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World Grain - February 2020 - Technical Profile - Flatbread: A favorite in Saudi Arabia
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World Grain - February 2020 - Feature - Growing women's role in agribusiness
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