Calendar: Women in Ag Conference

Nov. 18 at 40 Northwest locations

Published online: Nov 15, 2017 Event Calendar
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Women across the Northwest can become better agriculture leaders in the upcoming 2017 Women in Agriculture Conference, organized by Washington State University (WSU). The conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at 40 locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska.

This year’s event, themed “We Can Do It,” will help attendees develop and strengthen their leadership skills.

The one-day event features speakers including Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture; and Ann Schwartz, owner of Blue Heron Farm in Washington’s Skagit Valley. The conference also includes networking opportunities and advice for learning new skills.

“Whether you communicate on Facebook or face to face, it matters how you use your leadership skills to be successful as a farmer or ag industry supporter,” says Margaret Viebrock, WSU Douglas & Chelan County Extension director and chair of the conference. “Personal leadership skills continually need to be learned, updated, used and shared with the next generation.”

This conference is designed for women who are currently farming as well as new and aspiring farmers. Supporting spouses, students, interns or people who own an agriculture-related business are also welcome.

Each location will have a local panel of women growers who have been successful in their leadership roles. They will talk about the challenges they faced, how they used a mentor to develop their skills, and the difference it has made in their businesses.

The conference registration fee is $30 and includes the workshop, light breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

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