Cozad woman with Florida ties is a leader in the ag business
Anne Burkholder is showing women that you can not only help out on the farm, but you can also run the whole show.
Originally from Florida and now living in Cozad, she is trying to inspire young women to take on leadership roles. Her role is running a feedlot.
Burkholder married her college sweetheart where they both attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
"Here on the home ranch we have a couple hundred head, about 250 head, running on grass pasture and make sure they are alright so they can grow,” said Burkholder.
Burkholder says she wants girls to know it’s alright to be a leader in agriculture.
In the mid-1990s, Anne said it was very common to see wives playing a role on the ranch, but it was not common to see them having a leadership role.
"That's kind of been my mantra. Over the years the road to excellence is not comfortable, but there’s a reason why we are all here and it’s to inspire each other to do a better job,” said Burkholder.
Burkholder put together a blog called ‘Feedyard Foodie’ which takes you through her daily routine on the ranch and is also a place to discuss beef. She wants to really break down stereotypes for women who work in the agriculture business.
"God makes everybody different and if we can figure out how to work together as a team we are going to be stronger because to me, the world is all about finding the gap and then filling it,” said Burkholder.