"Seventy-five to 80% of our Mississippi State University (MSU) veterinary students are now women, quite a turnabout in a profession that had always been male-dominated," says Melissa Mixon, MSU vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine.

Women have become an increasingly important force in Mississippi agriculture, involved with husbands and family members in business, risk management, and other key farming decisions, says Amy Tuck, special assistant to MSU President Mark Keenum and Mississippi lieutenant governor 2000-2008.

“Given the economic challenges our state faces today, the continued success of agriculture is vital to Mississippi’s future, and women will play an increasingly important role,” she said at the annual conference of Mississippi Women in Agriculture.

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