Madeline Schultz joined the board of Iowa Women in Agriculture in 2016. She and her husband operated a diversified crop and livestock farm in Illinois for 20 years before moving to Iowa in 2000, where she enrolled at Iowa State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness and economics in 2003 and a Master of Business Administration degree with an interest in Sustainable Agriculture in 2007.
Today Madeline is the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program Manager. In this role, she works to develop educational programs, increase connections among women in agriculture, build the professional capacity of educators, and steward funding in order to help women improve their lives and contribute to national food security. She coordinates Iowa’s Annie’s Project courses. She contributed leadership to a national farm management education for women, Annie’s Project nationally from 2008 to 2015 (www.anniesproject.org). Madeline co-founded the Women in Agriculture Learning Network in 2014 at www.eXtensoin.org.
She began her career with Extension by joining Iowa State University’s Value Added Agriculture Program is 2003. She contributed to the national Agricultural Marketing Resource Center Web site; www.agmrc.org, a virtual library for value-added agriculture.
Madeline still owns Illinois farmland, and she and her husband raise a small herd of cattle in Boone County. Their daughter manages the family dairy farm in Illinois. Their four sons are involved in agriculture, including a custom forage harvesting business and a livestock trucking business.