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August 15, 2007

Two honored with Women in Agriculture awards

From left: Kenda Resler Friend, Randy Woodson and Susan Arnholt
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A woman who helps run the family farm and another who has been influential in the agribusiness industry were presented with the 2007 Women in Agriculture awards on Wednesday (Aug. 15) at the Indiana State Fair.

The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and Farm Credit Services of Mid-America honored Susan Arnholt of Columbus, Ind., and Kenda Resler Friend of Indianapolis. Arnholt received the Achievement Award, and Friend was presented with the Leadership Award.

"These two women demonstrate the importance of what women are doing in the agricultural industry," said Stacy Clupper, Women in Agriculture awards coordinator.

Women eligible for the award can participate in production agriculture, agribusiness or entrepreneurial agriculture enterprises. All nominees must reside in Indiana and be part of an agriculture enterprise or agribusiness that operates in the state. A committee consisting of Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture Work Team members selected the recipients.

"These awards not only showcase the recipients and everything they have done, but also shows other women in agriculture that the possibilities are unlimited," Clupper said.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Our Land Pavilion on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Randy Woodson, Purdue's Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture, presented the recipients with handmade oak mantel clocks and complimentary registration to the 2008 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference. Their names also will be inscribed on a plaque that is on display in Pfendler Hall on the West Lafayette campus.

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Arnholt has been co-owner of Sudan Farm Inc. since 1983 with her husband Dan. Sudan Farms consists of a 1,057-acre corn and soybean grain farm, with 397 of the acres owned by the corporation. She handles all marketing and financial recordkeeping aspects of the operation. Arnholt currently serves as chair of the Bartholomew County Farm Service Agency County Committee. She is a member of the Bartholomew County Modern Farmers, Farm Bureau Inc., St. Peter's Lutheran Church and is active in the Bartholomew County Pork Producers. Arnholt and her sister-in-law also have preserved a home on one of the family farms as a bed and breakfast.

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Friend is corporate communications leader for Dow AgroSciences. Dow AgroSciences is an agricultural company providing crop protection, seeds and biotechnology solutions. Friend leads executive communication efforts for the company's president and CEO and also serves as a communications liaison and is a project manager for key external funding projects. She served on the Purdue College of Agriculture alumni board of directors and the board of directors of the Indiana 4-H Foundation. She also was a member of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute of Class 11, which included a two-week learning trip to South America. Friend is currently involved in the Dow AgroSciences Global Leadership Team, National FFA Convention Organizing Committee and Hospitality Committee, and is on the board of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Institute.

Writer: Elizabeth Fritz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Stacy Clupper, (765) 348-3213,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
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