Barb Williams of rural Jamestown was named the Agricultural Woman of the Year for 2019 by the Chamber AgEnergy Committee of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Williams was nominated for the honor by Julie Michel, who said Williams has a “positive and uplifting” attitude while not only farming but working at Jamestown Public Schools and with others.
“Barb is all about helping and taking care of others,” Michel said in her written nomination of Williams for the award. “You can find her in the semi hauling grain one day and taking a friend or family member to the doctor the next.”
Williams is active in the family farm operation and events related to farming including starting BW Ag Inc. in 2011, participating in Annie’s Project, starting a local women’s agriculture/marketing education club and attending numerous farm-related events.
Williams does payroll, taxes and bookwork for the family farm operation along with farm operation tasks including helping with equipment repairs, spreading fertilizer, hauling chemicals and water, loading and delivering fuel equipment and other work. She uses a number of technologies in her work with the farm operation.
In addition to her work on the farm, she has been active in a number of organizations and activities including past president of the Jamestown Blue Jay Volleyball Boosters, past board member of the Jamestown Soccer Federation and past soccer coach, Sunday school teacher, nursery/child care worker and confirmation mentor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown, has helped at the Syutsman County Fair 4-H judging set up and as past secretary and treasurer for Cusator Township.
Williams has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, is a certified CPR instructor/trainer for Jamestown Public Schools and teaches CPR to school staff, is a NASP basic archery instructor and has been active in JPS committees.
She and her husband, Chad, have four children and five grandchildren.