Owning Your Value: Call Yourself the Chief Financial Officer

Krysta Harden at the 2017 Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference

Just as every farmer needs to move away from being “just a farmer” and recognize they are business owners and leaders, each individual within the farm business needs to own their true title — from operations manager, to human resource lead, and on to CEO.

This probably holds the most true for the “farm wife.” On most farms (and for many families), women are the glue that holds it all together, emotionally and on paper. The logistics co-ordinator, the buggy operator, the keeper of the banking and payroll info, the all-knowing “farm wife” is often more likely the Chief Operating Officer or the Chief Financial Officer. Isn’t it time they were recognized as such?

RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney sat down with Krysta Harden, vice president of public policy and chief sustainability officer of DuPont, at the recent Advancing Women conference to talk about recognizing each person’s value in a farm business (regardless of gender).

What’s more, Harden says whenever she’s building a team or a board, she wants and plans for including women, not simply for balance but for productivity because women are decisive and excellent multi-taskers. The inclusion and compliment of men and women working together makes for a better working environment. Hear more, below.

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