When grain seed dealers and growers begin talking varieties, they’ll quickly discover Oregon State University’s Hannah Kammeyer speaks their language.
Kammeyer, 23, started work July 28 as the cereal variety outreach coordinator for OSU’s Crop and Soil Science Department. She’ll interact with seed dealers and farmers to advocate for planting OSU’s wheat and barley varieties, and will do communications and marketing work as well. Mike Flowers, an assistant professor and cereals specialist with OSU’s Extension Service, said he and others had been doing the job off and on and recognized the need to have someone in that position full-time.
Kammeyer has a solid agricultural background. Her family farms in Estacada, Ore., and raises cattle, hay, wheat, oats, Christmas trees and has a small feed store. They also operate log trucks, hauling timber to mills. Kammeyer graduated from OSU with a degree in agriculture business management and minors in animal science and political science.
She plans to return to the family farm at some point, but saw a posting for the department job and decided to go for it.
“I’ve always been passionate about the agriculture industry,” she said. “I enjoyed the people in it. It’s a position that allowed communication with producers and suppliers, and that’s what I found most interesting.”
She joins a rising tide of young women gaining acceptance in agriculture as principal farm operators, researchers, marketers and other positions.
“It’s still not the smoothest path, but it’s getting better,” she said. “I’m excited to be one of those overcoming that.”