Women in Ag 2023-001

The first issue of the year is out now!

In this brand new Women in Ag Magazine, we gathered inspiring stories from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and even Zambia! This issue also contains an in-depth interview and a retrospective.

In Zambia, women often run farms on their own. Chileshe Chansa from Mabala Farm tells us about her farming adventure, growing crops and rearing chickens in Lusaka. Judith De Vor from the Netherlands explains what it is like to manage a dairy farm in the Netherlands, where resistance against (livestock) farmers is growing and farmer protests are brewing.

A few months ago, New Holland published an inspiring video about the women changing the face of agriculture in Italy. Women in Ag editor Antoon Vanderstraeten talked to Daniela Ropolo from CNH Industrial about the brand’s initiative in an interview for this issue. Antoon also talked to Dipl. Ing. Integr. Elena Primitzhofer from Agco about the brand’s presence at trade fairs and how she sees the role of women in our industry for our regular feature “Fair”.

Robots are taking over the (agricultural) world! In this issue, we look into the latest farming (r)evolution with a retrospective on the World FIRA 2023 fair in Toulouse and an interview with Cindy Vandommelen from Pixelfarming Robotics.

This issue’s “more than farming” zooms in on Mariëlle Schalk’s farm in Hoogstraten, Belgium, where a vending machine shop and a farm tourism branch were added to the family laying hens operation.

Who said that ag influencers had to post about serious issues all the time? EuroTier Influencer Awards 2022 winner Annemarie Paulsen from Biohof Paulsen in Germany does it her way by sharing funny short videos about everyday life on a dairy farm, earning delighted comments from her 32.000 followers.

In this issue, we also talk about loss and grief following a personal experience from our Women in Ag team. Our mental health columnist Erica Leniczek focused this issue’s column on how to deal with grief in your own way.

Meanwhile, columnist Melanie Epp used the winter to do some introspection. She wrote about it honestly and candidly in this issue’s column.

As per usual, we end the issue with a book review by Antoon who spent the winter reading “Our Wild Farming Life” by Sandra Bear and Lynn Cassells!


We hope this new issue can comfort, help and inspire you.

Happy reading,




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