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I belong to... American Agri-Women: Lisa Condon

Published on 06 May 2014

Lisa condon, secretary for American Agri-women

Age: Never too old to learn something new



Location: Horicon, Wisconsin

History of your dairy, in a nutshell: My husband, Robert, and I own and operate a 400-cow dairy, raising replacement heifers as well as growing corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. I am responsible for young stock up to 6 months old, in addition to financial records, human resources, helping to plant and harvest crops. I also enjoy keeping the farm landscape maintained beautifully. We have three children: Kelly, Adam and Kimberly.

“If I wasn’t a dairywoman, I would be…” involved in my family’s business of sub-contract machining, started by my grandfather. G & V Machine Co. produces parts for Case IH, New Holland and John Deere, among others.

How long have you been a member of American Agri-Women? I joined 14 years ago after receiving a free membership in a prize package for winning the local Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer competition.

Why did you join? I wanted to unite with other dairywomen in the area and nationwide to keep a connection between consumers and the farmers that produce their food. I also felt it was time for me to get involved in legislative and regulatory issues, and American Agri-Women is a great organization to learn from.


A little-known fact about AAW is … it is a multi-generational organization working together to be a voice for American agriculture. When American Agri-Women presents its positions and meets with legislators in Washington, D.C. at our June fly-in, you may see grandmothers mentoring granddaughters and mothers attending with their sons or daughters.

My favorite representative or employee is … our executive committee. All committee members are dedicated to American Agri-Women members and affiliates across the country and continue to keep members engaged in industry issues and promotion.

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What this organization does best is … building the leadership skills of its members to be more effective in promoting the agricultural industry.

I feel valued as a member when … a first-time attendee to our annual meeting from a recently formed state affiliate informs us she is excited to be a part of American Agri-Women and says, “You all are great people.”

An influential or interesting person I’ve met through the organization is … Mindy Patterson


She is influential or interesting because … when Mindy talks, people listen. Mindy updated members about current legislative issues and regulatory progress at American Agri-Women’s mid-year meeting last year. According to a survey about the meeting’s speakers, Mindy’s legislative update was the most valuable to our members.

The dairy industry’s greatest opportunity is … communicating with consumers.

I hope my dairy legacy is … I was not raised on a dairy farm; I married an outstanding dairy farmer. I stepped outside of my comfort zone to promote the industry I fell in love with.

My advice to all dairymen/dairywomen is … take the time to connect with consumers on a day-to-day basis. Have your 30-second elevator speech ready for action! PD

American Agri-Women
1701 K. Street, NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20006
(888) 374-0375

Founded: 1974

Members: American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations throughout the country.

“We, as women’s agricultural organizations and individuals, unite to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture for the benefit of the American people and the world.”