February and March are popular times for Women in Ag conferences around the country, but there are events on the calendar for all of 2023. Browse the list below for an event near you.
February 7: 2023 Women in Ag Network Conference (Minnesota)
The Women in Ag Network’s annual gathering in Willmar, Minnesota, organized by the University of Minnesota Extension, is themed, “Building resilience on your farm and in your family.” It will include a keynote address on resiliency from rural mental health specialist Monica McConkey; breakout sessions on business, production, and safety topics; and a panel discussion on resiliency. Registration is $75 before or $100 after January 16. Students can attend for $25.
February 10-12: Montana Farmers Union Women’s Conference
Register by January 18 for this conference in Fairmont, Montana. The panel, “Connecting to our landscape and the art of storytelling,” will feature farmer and photographer Becca Skinner, storyteller and musician Sarah Elkins, farmer and fashion expert Kate Stephens, and artist Jeanette Jergens. Other sessions will cover navigating difficult conversations, encouraging youth leaders, spices, open pollinated seed saving, and using your story to advocate for agriculture. For additional fees, attendees can have a professional headshot taken or have a Real Colors personality assessment. Tickets including hotel room range from $150 to $250. Discounts available to students.
February 15-17: Women Managing the Farm Conference (Kansas)
Kansas State University Agricultural Economics will host this conference in Manhattan, Kansas. Rancher and ag advocate Brandi Buzzard will give the keynote address. Session topics will include the War in Ukraine and global food security, mental health, calving, farm finances, ag and estate law, crop production and marketing, farm management, and absentee landowners. Registration is $175 before or $200 after January 15, or $60 for high school and college students. Additional pre-conference sessions on beginning or advanced QuickBooks, interactive farm safety, and an introduction to UAV/drone technology are $25 each.
February 21-23: Ag Women Engage Conference (Indiana)
This conference (formerly known as the Purdue Women in Ag Conference) from Purdue University Extension will be held February 21-23 in Terra Haute, Indiana. Sessions will include getting started with USDA, investing, mental health therapy, investing in farmland, climate-smart agriculture, photography and videography, food budgeting and meal planning, yoga, succession planning, emergency awareness, managing a social media presence, carbon markets, and more. A Young Ladies in Ag Forum will be held as part of the conference on February 22, offering young women in grade 8 through college financial strategies and tips for networking, self-marketing, and building a resume. The conference fee is $125.
February 23: Prairie View (Texas) A&M University Women in Agriculture Conference
PVAMU Cooperative Extension’s conference will be held on campus in Waller County, Texas. This year’s theme is “Seeding, feeding, and leading the next generation,” and topics will include mental health, getting started in florals and viticulture, ag laws and regulations, organic production, and USDA updates. The conference is free but registration is required.
February 23-24: Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s annual gathering in Kearney, Nebraska, will focus on five areas of agricultural risk management: production, market, financial, human, and legal risk. Keynote speakers include California rancher Kiah Twisselman Burchett, actress Lindsay Bauer, Paul Stoddard of the University of Illinois, Nebraska farmer and current treasurer of the Nebraska Soybean Board Anne Meis, and playwright Mary Swander. Her one-act play, “Map of my Kingdom,” will be presented at the conference. Registration is $90 for one day or $150 for both days.
March 7: Rhode Island Women in Ag Conference
This biennial conference will be held in Warwick, Rhode Island. Keynote speaker Joel Salatin owns Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, as seen in the documentary “Food Inc.” Other activities include hands-on learning sessions, instructional classes, workshops, and grant and financing opportunities. Registration is $60, with $10 off through January 15. Attendance is free for 4-H and FFA members under age 18.
March 24: Women in Agriculture Conference (Illinois)
This day-long conference in Rock Island, Illinois, sponsored by Illinois Farm Bureau, will include keynote speakers Carey Portell presenting “Facing life head on,” Hannah Thompson-Weeman discussing “Connecting with skeptical consumers,” and Amanda Radke sharing, “How agriculture can lead the nation during challenging times.” Break-out sessions will cover managing farm input costs, the importance of self-care, farm lease agreements, partnerships and other entities, flower farming, and preparing for activist threats. Registration is $70 through February 28, $90 March 1-19, and $100 the week of the conference.
April 3-4: Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference
This conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas, includes five workshop sessions and keynote speakers Kiah Twisselman Burchett, cattle rancher and health coach, and Kelli Payne, a fifth-generation cow-calf producer and the first female president of the National Stockyards. Registration is $175 before or $225 after March 1, with one-day registration and student discounts.
August 3: Iowa Women in Agriculture Annual Conference
Details are yet to be released for this conference. Visit the link below for more information.
September 26-28: Women in Agribusiness Summit (Tennessee)
The 12th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit will be held this September in Nashville. The three-day gathering will feature main stage speakers, expert breakouts, and other events like executive profiles and a producer panel, with a specific agenda to come. Registration is $1,199, and Women in Agribusiness members save $50.
November 12-14: National Farmers Union Women’s Conference (New Mexico)
Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this gathering of NFU members will allow farmers and ranchers to connect based on their shared experiences balancing roles on their farms, in their families, and within their communities. More details to come.
If your organization is hosting a women’s conference not included here, please email Lisa Foust Prater.
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