AgriSafe Women's Advisory Council 

Female agricultural producers who are interested in representing perspectives of women in agriculture are welcome to volunteer as a member of the AgriSafe Women’s Advisory Council (AWAC). The AWAC is a unique opportunity for women leaders in agriculture to impact the health and safety of female agriculture producers.  The council will be comprised of 6-10 rural leaders from around the country.

Once on the AWAC, members provide input on the training materials and educational resources developed for women by AgriSafe.  AWAC is also charged with assisting AgriSafe to design, launch and promote educational initiatives that can reduce farm related illness, injury and fatalities.


  • Willing to attend virtual meetings through video conference approximately 4-6 times per year;
  • Willing to commitment approximately two to four hours per month on council activities;
  • Willing to make 12 month commitment to council;  and communicate in advance if unable to attend virtual meetings;
  • Willing to provide honest, constructive feedback on safety & health messages or strategies to engage women in agriculture; and 
  • Willing to volunteer time uncompensated other than through expense reimbursement (i.e. attending in person meetings/forums). There is no personal financial cost associated with council membership

Those interested in joining the AWAC are welcome to contact Knesha Rose-Davison at [email protected] for further questions.  

 Current Council Members:

Shari KutherShari Kuther, RN
Shari Kuther is the Director of Population Health for St. Mary’s Clearwater Valley Hospital in Cottonwood and Orofino, Idaho.  She currently serves as a Board Member for the Region 2 Behavioral Health Board, representing hospitals, is a member of the Idaho Community Health Worker Alliance.  She was active in the Idaho Farm Bureau and served on the State Women’s Committee for 12 years, and was the Health and Safety Committee Chairperson for 10 years.  Her passion is helping others, which she has demonstrated in over 30 years as a registered nurse and volunteer EMT. Shari volunteers in her home community of Nezperce with the Ambulance Association and has a passion for farm families and their health and safety.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband to promote the Progressive Agriculture Foundation’s Safety Day program and spending time with family.
Amber Progar
 Dr. Amber Adams Progar 
Dr. Amber Adams Progar is an Assistant Professor and Dairy Management Specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin where she housed her 4-H and FFA animals. Since earning her PhD in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, she has focused on helping farmers address complex issues related to animal behavior and well-being. She currently combines her teaching skills and passion for farming to develop and offer safety trainings on dairies. Her research aims to determine which training methods lead to improved knowledge and long-term behavioral changes in participants. 
Amy Rademaker
 Amy Rademaker
Amy Rademaker, Carle Center for Rural Health & Farm Safety champion for the past 18 years, is responsible for the development, implementation, promotion, and evaluation of all farm-safety and rural-health initiatives in the more-than-30-county service area. Amy reaches more than 4,000 people annually with various programming throughout the region, including Progressive Ag Safety Days®, school presentations, first responder training, and Mental Health First Aid classes. She regularly collaborates with farmers, schools, Farm Bureau offices, Extension services, physicians and nurses on rural-health and farm-safety projects. She has implemented an Emergency Action Tube program across 160 farms in the area and created a free toolkit for others to expand the program nationally.
Marie Reed
Marie Reed, BSN, RN 
Marie Reed has 46 years of nursing experience including trauma and critical care and almost 18 years of public health nursing experience. She is an organizer and chair of ATeamV injury prevention coalition since 2007. Mrs. Reed is a charter member and chair of the Northeast Texas Brain Injury Coalition. She was elected to the Texas Injury Prevention Collaborative in 2017. Currently serving on the board of directors of Pineywoods Regional Advisory Council for Trauma Service Area G, she also serves on the board of directors of Pay Attention East Texas motor vehicle crash prevention coalition. She is a charter member of Save a Life Today suicide prevention coalition. Serving as presiding officer of Anderson County Child Fatality Review Team, a multi-disciplinary, state-directed team which reviews all deaths in Anderson County in children under the age of 18, she also assists two other rural counties as part of their CFRTs. She and her husband John raise beef cattle and hay on their ranch in Anderson County. 
 Ashlee Then
Ashlee Then is the Operations Program Manager at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), located in Peosta, Iowa.  In her role, she enjoys contributing to the success of initiatives like National Farm Safety and Health Week and Grain Bin Safety Week and serving as Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® Coordinator.  She and her husband have three young sons and farm about 275 acres in Northeast Iowa, where they raise beef cattle and grow corn, soybeans, and hay.  Ashlee is also an alumna of the West Dubuque FFA.
Jena Ziemba, RN, BSN
Jena Ziemba grew up in the Gothenburg area on a farm/ranch operation. She graduated from Nebraska Medicine (formally UNMC) with a Bachelors in science of nursing and has been working as an RN for past 13 years. As a farm wife she continues to stay very involved with the operational work, doing the record maintenance and financial bookkeeping and helping in the day to day needs with cow/calf and field work. She developed a passion for farming and cattle at a young age and continues to instill that passion in her children. As an RN, she currently works full time for Great Plains Health in North Platte as an ICU nurse. Previously, she worked in critical access hospitals as an RN, Quality/Compliance/Risk officer, Director of Nursing, Chemotherapy nurse, infection control and Lactation Counselor. She currently serves on the Dawson Country Farm Bureau board, Building Blocks Childcare board of directors and active in our local church and numerous community activities.