A resident of Washington County has been given a top honor at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. Heidi Vittetoe was named as Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2011 Woman in Agriculture. This recognition is given to one woman who demonstrates outstanding leadership abilities in the promotion of agriculture.
Vittetoe feels blessed that she could make farming and family the focus of her life and share that with others. She adds it’s harder for women to make farming their main career which means many women choose to work off the farm.
Vittetoe’s family operation, J.W.V. Pork, employs 45 people and works with 30 local farmers as contract growers. Vittetoe is admired in her field and has been named an Iowa Master Pork Producer by the Iowa Pork Producers’ Association and a Pork All-American.
She has also been active with the Washington County Farm Bureau, serving as president and voting delegate. Vittetoe is active on the Washington Community School Board as well as a finance council member for St. James Parish. This recognition comes with a plaque, $250 cash prize, and up to $500 to cover expenses for an Iowa conference for women.