During an afternoon tea social Thursday, August 14th, 2014 , two outstanding female Missouri agriculturalists were recognized at the 2014 Missouri State Fair in the second annual Women in Agriculture Contest sponsored by Monsanto. The Missouri in Agriculture Contest is a way to recognize the achievements and hard work of women in our state’s number one industry.

State Fair Director, Mark Wolf had this to say, “The two women receiving top honors this year have demonstrated leadership in agriculture, a commitment to advance agriculture, and extensive State Fair participation.”

Each winner received a $1,000 cash donation from Monsanto to be given to a non-profit organization of her choice.

In the 31 years and older division, Tammy Bartholomew of Archie received the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture.

Mrs. Bartholomew chose to donate her $1,000 prize to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.

Photo Source: Missouri State Fair

Photo Source: Missouri State Fair




Mrs. Bartholomew is a retired agriculture education teacher and FFA advisor. She has served as the first female President of the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. Tammy has also been actively involved in several other agriculture-related groups including the National and Missouri Cattlemen’s Associations, and American and Missouri Angus Associations.

Raising registered Angus cattle continues to be a family affair with her husband, Steve, and daughters Hannah Bartholomew and Rachel Kagay and her husband Bryant.

Mrs. Bartholomew has been active in the Missouri State Fair for many years, as an agriculture educator, Cass County Farm Family representative and as an exhibitor.




In the 18-30 year old division, Ashlyn Richardson of Lincoln received the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture Rising Star.

Photo Source: Missouri State Fair

Photo Source: Missouri State Fair

Ashlyn chose the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship as the agriculture-related beneficiary of the $1,000 donation sponsored by Monsanto.

She, is a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying Agriculture Education-Leadership and serves as a College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Student Ambassador.

Ashlyn is an active member of Missouri FFA and 4-H, and serves as an officer in each of those organizations.  Miss Richardson has attended the Missouri State Fair each year of her life, participating through 4-H and FFA exhibiting cattle.


New to the contest this year were awards for second-place in each age division. Receiving second in the 31 year old and over age division was Marilyn Calvin of Mount Vernon.

Coming in second in the 18-30 year old age division was Ashley Bauer of Warrenton.

These women received plaques for their efforts, and all participants in the contest receive certificates of acknowledgement