Dillard urges women to pursue agriculture careers

Helene Dillard, dean of agricultural and environmental sciences at UC Davis, addresses the Down to Earth Women Luncheon at Driscoll's Ranch Corralitos. (photo: Dan Coyro, Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Helene Dillard, dean of agricultural and environmental sciences at UC Davis, addresses the Down to Earth Women Luncheon at Driscoll's Ranch Corralitos. (photo: Dan Coyro, Santa Cruz Sentinel)

She calls agriculture a career path that nurtures the soil and the soul.

June 6, 2014
(from the Santa Cruz Sentinel)

 

Helene Dillard, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, called for women to choose careers in agriculture at the annual Down to Earth Women Luncheon at Driscoll’s Corralitos Ranch in Watsonville. Nearly 300 Santa Cruz County women from agriculture, business and government attended the event.

“Here’s why we should encourage our daughters to work in agriculture. It’s a career path that nurtures the soil and the soul,” Dillard said.

“They’re problem-solvers, and very vocal about what they want from the university,” Dillard said of students. “They want to be leaders, and they are very passionate about their work.”

Graduates, Dillard said, have applied their skills in amazingly diverse careers. “There are many opportunities in California with its 400 commodities,” Dillard said.

Her message resonated with the audience.

(Read the full article, by Donna Jones, djones@santacruzsentinel.com, May 15, 2014, Santa Cruz Sentinel.)

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