Women comprise about 31 percent of U.S. farmers. They manage about 301 million acres of land, making a $12.9 billion impact on the economy.

Those facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture explain why women are essential to the industry and are among the reasons Marji Guyler-Alaniz founded FarmHer. She’s bringing her energetic, enthusiastic “An Evening With FarmHer” to Maquoketa in two weeks. 

The Together We Build fundraiser, which is open to the public, will be 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, inside Pearson Memorial Center on the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa. 

The evening will consist of a catered meal, silent auction full of unique items, quilt raffle, photo contest, and more. There will be something fun for people of all ages.

Guyler-Alaniz will speak about her show on RFD-TV, “FarmHer,” how she got to where she is today, and her adventures traveling around the country. She will introduce attendees to a new side of agriculture while holding on to the same fundamentals that hold true throughout the agricultural industry. 

In 2013, Marji Guyler-Alaniz left her job in corporate agriculture and started a photo project titled FarmHer, capturing women working on the farm, according to the FarmHer website.

Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com or at any of these businesses: Jackson County Fair Office, Jackson County Extension Office, Cornelius Seed, Bellevue State Bank, Fidelity Bank, and all Maquoketa State Bank locations.

Photo contest rules

A public photo contest featuring women in agriculture is being held as part of the Together We Build fundraiser.

Photos must be delivered to Pearson Memorial Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds by 4 p.m. March 24. The two divisions are photos featuring women in agriculture and photos featuring agriculture. 

The minimum size of the image is 5x7 and the maximum size is 11x14. Photos don’t need to be matted, but they can be.

The photos will be displayed at “An Evening with FarmHer.” 

Together We Build

The “An Evening with FarmHer” event is a fundraiser for Together We Build, an effort to raise money for the new Jackson County Fair and Extension/4-H Outreach Center. The Outreach Center will allow for the expansion of educational and training programs for youth and adults and will benefit agriculture as well as the businesses, communities and families of Jackson County.

The facility will be built on the fairgrounds near the horse arena and include cooking space, offices, conference space, and more.

The project will cost an estimated $2.5 million. Organizers said they’ve raised about $1.5 million of that total.