AgEcon Students Attend Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference  

The Purdue Extension Midwest Women in Agriculture conference is annual event designed to bring together women who work together in all sectors of the industry. This year, three AgEcon students had the opportunity to attend the conference hosted in Muncie, Indiana.  

Courtney Rodkey (Applied Agricultural Economics; Frankfort, IN) attended the Young Ladies in Ag Conference, a branch of Midwest Women in Ag, as a high school studentShe had such a positive experience that she was excited to be able to attend the full conference as a college student. 

The conference offers a wide variety of session options participants can choose from based on their interest areas. Some of the sessions Courtney attended included Serving Agriculture Beyond the Farm, Drone Use in Agriculture, and Animal Welfare and Animal Rights Explained.  

Attending the conference allowed Courtney to build on her professional skill sets, specifically communication skills and knowledge of industry related issues. In addition to growing professionally, Courtney enjoyed getting to grow her professional network. “My favorite part of attending the conference was meeting so many talented ladies, and networking with women that represent the agriculture industry so well.” 

The Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference is an annual event that Courtney will attend again and highly recommends to interested students. The Midwest Women in Ag Conference is a great opportunity to network with women involved in numerous ag related companies, as well as ask questions, share concerns, and learn more about changing practices in the agriculture community. It is a short two day conference that was completely paid for by Purdue, and I highly recommend attending! Besides learning a lot, and meeting many people, it was so much fun and a nice break from classes. I hope I have the opportunity to attend next year! 

Other AgEcon students who attended: Abigail Powell (Agrimarketing; Bourbon, IN) and Halee Fisher (Applied Agricultural Economics; Millersburg, IN) 

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