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Top Viewed WIA Today "15 Minutes With..." Interviews of 2023

By Michelle Pelletier Marshall, Women in Agribusiness Media (January 2, 2024)

Welcome to 2024! Thank you for joining us on our Women in Agribusiness journey where we celebrated the largest Summit ever in Nashville last September, and brought together so many of you for networking, knowledge-sharing, and collaborating. 

As we move into the new year, we wish you peace and harmony and laughter and happiness, and we hope that we at WIA help in that endeavor. We appreciate your curiosity, input, and participation in our united goal to make the world a better place through improvements in agriculture -- whether that be through innovation, increased sustainability efforts, ingenious new products, or simply assisting each other in our personal goals in ag. Much success for the new year!


All the best,

Michelle Pelletier Marshall, Managing Editor, WIA Today


P.S. Please enjoy a review of the top viewed "15 Minutes With..." interviews of 2023 below.

Melissa Bermudez, Farmers Business Network

As director of finance services with Farmers Business Network, Inc. (FBN®), Melissa Bermudez enables the connections for investors to finance the farmers that feed our world. With a mission to help family farmers maximize their profit potential, FBN’s products and services help over 70,000 farmers across North and South America farm millions of acres more sustainably and profitably. That’s a chance to make a big difference. 

Traci Jensen, River Point Farms

Traci Jensen is the general manager at River Point Farms, an onion packer and processor that is one of the flagship operations in the Row Crops Division of AgReserves, an agriculture investment company that operates farms and ranches throughout North America as well as in South America and the UK. 

Kaitlin Fitzgerald, Sound Agriculture

Kaitlin Fitzgerald is vice president of sustainability for Sound Agriculture, a startup on a mission to create crop inputs and traits that lead to more sustainable, healthier, and tastier food. With headquarters in Emeryville, California, the company has 140+ employees across the U.S., and has enjoyed steady growth since 2013 with the help of $160 million in funding from investors such as S2G Ventures, Fall Line Capital, Leaps by Bayer, and Cavallo Ventures.

Amy O'Shea, Certis Biologicals

Whether a producer for conventional or organic crops, Certis Biologicals (“Certis”) has the products to encourage growth and resilience in food supply chains around the world. Since 2001, the company, which is led by President and CEO Amy O’Shea, has been pioneering the field of biological solutions through innovation and ingenuity.

Machiko Miyai, Morninga Seika Co.

Machiko Miyai has broken through barriers to become a managing executive officer for Morinaga Seika Co., Ltd. This achievement has been celebrated as an example of the transformation created by diversity and the new perspectives it brings in promoting organizational change and growth. And Morinaga, which was founded in 1899 as a confectionary manufacturing company, has come a long way in its promotion and support of women in executive roles.


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