Top 100 Women of Impact: Jennifer Hare James

Jennifer Hare James

Owner, H&J Land Co.
Owner, Auvergne Grain Co. LLC

About me: I am a fourth generation family farmer working with my husband Greg, our son Dylan and my father to grow high quality corn, rice and soybeans while conserving our natural resources and building habitat. Farming is not just a job, but a way of life. Most of my volunteer work surrounds agriculture. I have worked with the U.S. and Arkansas rice industry all of my career. I have had the opportunity to testify before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House agriculture committees on behalf of rice. I am very fortunate to represent my district on the Riceland Foods Inc. Board of Directors as the first woman to ever hold a seat. I enjoy traveling with my husband, reading, daily exercise and yoga.

Lives/Works in: Newport

Best Career Advice: Simply stated, do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. I realize it is not that simple, but you must keep growing within yourself to find what you love to do. Be aware, it will change and evolve as you age and gain experience.

Proudest Moment of Impact: I never realized my passion for agriculture was having an impact until I was honored with the 2017 Farmer of the Year Award from Field to Market, a national organization that unites all sectors of our food supply chain for sustainable agriculture. I knew at that point in my career that advocating for agriculture, for farmers and specifically for rice farmers could change consumer perceptions and aid policymakers in writing policy important to U.S. agriculture.

Call to Action: Agriculture is very important to the economy of Arkansas and vital to so many rural towns all over the state. I encourage you to get out and learn more about our state’s agriculture sector. Learn where your food comes from, meet the people who provide it and teach your children and grandchildren. Encourage professions that support agriculture for men and women. Opportunity is unlimited.

What Keeps Me Motivated: Out our back window is the land my great grandfather purchased. It has provided a living for four generations of my family. That legacy motivates me to make certain it is preserved and cared for so it continues to provide for my family for generations to come.

A Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Initiative

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