Women in Agriculture Seminar


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Are you a woman who is involved in agriculture?  Are you actively farming, working in the industry or married to a farmer?  If so, then we have the conference for you! Join us for a one day seminar for women in agriculture.


Join over 200 women for the annual bi-state Women in Agriculture Conference on Friday March 18th at the daylong conference at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island.  This year’s featured speaker is Laura Daniels.


Laura is a mother, wife, farmer, dairy consultant and agriculture advocate.  Laura will share her refreshingly honest views about life’s ups and downs and will help you see that you need tools to cope, because life isn’t all sunshine and roses.  Sometimes its thistles, deep fertilizer, and the cows are out!  This interactive session will remind you of your valuable purpose to your family, your farm and the world.  You’ll leave proud of who you are and what you do, but also prepared to deal with those other days.


The conference planning committee is offering a Thursday night “Work, Life, Balance- If There is Really Such a Thing” Social Hour.  If you can get away early, book a room with friends and join us for a networking and social hour with other participants and the featured conference speaker.  The evening will feature a cash bar and run from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Heavy appetizers and a cash bar will be available.


Friday morning will begin with the Laura Daniels, as keymote speaker and a market update by Cory Winstead from AgriVisor.  Friday breakout sessions will include:

  • Farm Legacy- Rick Morgan, COUNTRY Financial
  • How to Build the Culture of Your Farm or Business- Laura Daniels
  • All Things Nutrients- Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau, Diane Ercse, Iowa Soybean Association and Julie Armstrong, Nutrient Research and Education Council
  • Funding for College- Rick Morgan, COUNTRY Financial
  • Aging Gracefully with Nutrition- Lia Nightingale, PhD, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Emerging Animal Health & Welfare Issues- Jessica Bates, DVM, Iowa State University
  • Preparing to Meet with Your Lender- Nate Edlefson, Western FBFM
  • Fences, Gates and Farm Hats- Jenny Schweigert, Ag Chat Foundation
  • Politically Engaged- What’s It All About?- Ashley Breen, Illinois Farm Bureau and Annette Sweeney, Former Iowa State Representative (invited)


Again this year the event will wrap up with a live “Confessions of a Farm Wife” Podcast with Holly Spangler, Emily Webel, and DeAnna Thomas.  This conversation will also feature Natasha C. Nicholes, Illinois Farm Families 2013 Field Moms Alum.


Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. Friday’s conference will begin with opening comments at 8:45 a.m.  Our closing session and send off will conclude by 4:00 p.m.

The cost of the Thursday evening program will be $20 per person.   The cost for Friday’s conference is $50, which will include a light breakfast and a buffet luncheon. Registration materials must be received by February 28. Any registrations received after February 28 will be $60. Walk-ins the day of the conference will be charged $75.  Seating is limited.  To register, contact the Rock Island County Farm Bureau office at (309) 736-7432 or online at www.womeninagricultureconference.com.

River Valley Cooperative and John Deere are Platinum sponsors and original sponsors to this conference. Conference planning committee leadership is brought to you by the Bureau, Carroll, Fulton, Henry, Knox, Lee, Mercer, McDonough, Rock Island, Stark, Warren-Henderson, and Whiteside County Farm Bureaus in Illinois as well as the Scott County Farm Bureau in Iowa.  Additional support is provided by Iowa State Extension, and University of Illinois Extension, COUNTRY Financial, Gold Star FS/GROWMARK, 1st Farm Credit Services, and River Gulf Grain are also sponsors of this conference.