Sylvia Clark, vice president of Mississippi Women for Agriculture, said Hill has done a lot to promote farming in Mississippi. “Through Women for Agriculture and the Farm Bureau Federation, Wanda has made quite an impact on women farmers, not only in the Delta but across the state,” Clark said.

Hill and her family built their first catfish pond in 1978. Raising catfish is an intense, year-round job that requires constant maintenance and regulation. “I enjoyed feeding the fish the most, because watching the fish come up to eat the feed is like watching plants grow in a field,” Hill said.

“We loved raising catfish and had mixed emotions about quitting this year, but it was no longer profitable for us.”

Jimmy Avery, MSU Extension Service aquaculture specialist and director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, admires Hill’s passion. “Wanda is a tireless worker who has a way of making others want to pitch in to help her accomplish her goals,” Avery said. “She goes the extra mile to promote Mississippi products across the U.S.”

Hill still helps promote U.S.-grown products, including catfish, through the State Women’s Committee with the Farm Bureau Federation. The committee hosts Agriculture in the Classroom, a workshop that shows teachers how to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum.

“We are trying our best to teach children where food comes from, to tell them about the safe and affordable supply of food we have in the U.S. and to encourage people to buy locally grown food,” Hill said.

For more information about Woman for Agriculture contact Sylvia Clark by phone at 662-325-1696 or by email at sclark@humansci.msstate.edu.