The challenges associated with the ever-increasing global population have made it more important than ever for the agri-food industry to be able to perform at its full potential. Inclusion and diversity in the workforce are essential to shaping a sustainable future — and yet, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the gender gap in the food and agriculture industries is extensive.

To gain a better understanding of the challenges facing women in ag and identify opportunities for growth, Alltech partnered with AgriBriefing on a global survey. More than 2,500 members of the global agriculture sector shared their views. Access all their insights into the current state of inclusion within agriculture by filling out the form.

Download the Women in Food & Agriculture survey results!


Dr. Karina Horgan
Dr. Karina HorganAssociate Research Director at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre
Karina discusses molecular fingerprinting, nutrient bioavailability, antibiotic resistance and her background and experience within the agriculture sector.
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Susanna Elliott
Susanna ElliottHead of Communications, Alltech
Susanna has been with Alltech for more than 10 years, and she discusses the Planet of Plenty™ vision, which believes that a world of abundance is achievable, but it will take all of us working together .
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Maria Agovino
Maria AgovinoEuropean Technical Sales Manager for Ruminants, Alltech
Maria focuses on business, product development, technical support and strategic planning. She shares her thoughts on some of the big issues facing women in the agrifood sector.
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Julia Ronghua Zhu
Julia Ronghua ZhuLeads the Mycotoxin Management and Poultry teams, Alltech
Julia has always had a passion for animal nutrition. Today, she works with Alltech customers to improve production and prevent mycotoxin contamination.
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Bianca Martins
Bianca MartinsHead of Alltech Mexico
In just 12 years, Bianca has worked on the sales floor, in the premix department and with the research team in the lab. Today, she is the head of Alltech Mexico and believes “there are no limits for women in the field.”
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Lori Stevermer
Lori StevermerMarketing Manager for Hubbard Feeds, part of the Alltech Feed Division
Growing up on her family farm in Minnesota, Lori was destined to make a difference both on and off the farm. From her childhood involvement in the local 4H to working at a feed company after college and meeting her husband (a fellow hog farmer), agriculture is in her blood.
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Jennifer Del Rio
Jennifer Del RioSales Manager, Alltech China
Jennifer Del Rio grew up on a southern Philippine island dubbed “the land of promise,” and after earning a degree and working on a nongovernmental project, she unlocked a love for agriculture that she shares with the Alltech customers with whom she works today.
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Nikki Putnam-Badding
Nikki Putnam-BaddingDirector of Acutia, Alltech
“A good leader fosters a diverse, inclusive workplace, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. In my experience, good female leaders tend be flexible, agile and confident in any situation. They have grace under pressure and take a team approach.”
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