Ag Women Engage Conference

Please consider joining us in 2025 for the Ag Women Engage Conference! The conference will take place on February 13, 2025 in Fort Wayne, IN.
We will be holding the Young Ladies of Agriculture Forum and pre-conference sessions on February 12, 2025.
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Join us for the 2024 Ag Women Engage Conference at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, IN!

February 22, 2024 

REgistration Check-In STarts 8:30 a.m Eastern
Program 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern 

Grand wayne Convention Center
120 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Conference Fee: $100

Register Here

 Registration ends on February 13, 2024.

The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team is excited to offer this annual event designed to educate and uplift women involved in any aspect of the agricultural industry. Through pre-conference workshops, a keynote speaker, and breakout presentations, attendees will learn how to better manage risk, enhance their farms and agribusiness operations, and network with other ag women throughout Indiana. 

Keynote Presentation 

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"Plant & Prune The Family Ag Business To Reap A Bountiful Harvest"

Navigating Dynamics of Multi-Generational Family Agricultural Businesses

Presented by Amanda Radke,
Fifth Generation Rancher and Author 







2024 Ag Women Engage Conference participants will have the option to participate in four breakout sessions throughout the day which focus on the various areas of risk management.  Descriptions of the breakout sessions can be found below. Participants will be asked to select their breakout sessions during the registration process. The 2024 Ag Women Engage Conference is open to everyone with an interest in the topics being presented. 

Breakout Session #1 Options

Can you identify potential toxic plants in a pasture? How can one reduce sickness and death when livestock are on pasture? This interactive session presented by Forage Enthusiasts will give some pointers so livestock can be healthy when grazing occurs.

Presented by Elysia Rodgers, Purdue Extension Educator & Michele Jones, Purdue Extension Educator

Join in on an interactive breakout session where we will dive into how you can use your voice to advocate for agriculture. No one is an expert in this field – we all have a thing or two to learn and improve upon. But through simple steps, each and every one of us can work to amplify our voices to better the future of agriculture for generations to come. Agriculture is the single only industry that touches every single human being on the planet through food, fuel, and fiber, so we must continue to AMPLIFY our voices to show the industry’s importance and impact on everyone.

Presented by Rachel Hyde, Field Sales Marketing Coordinator at Beck’s Hybrids, a Farm Bureau Member,  & a 7th Generation Farmer

We can all pretty much identify with stress on some level. Knowing we are stressed is not always the main issue. Knowing how to handle everyday stress can oftentimes be extremely frustrating and overwhelming. You might think, “I don’t have time for therapy, I don’t have time to search for ways to combat stress because that stresses me out, I do not know where to start, and/or please someone just give me something practical I can do without having to put too much thought into it. This program will offer everyday steps you can take to reduce stress such as the food you eat, what you expose yourself to on social media, and things you can do during your work day no matter if you are at a desk, out in the field, or driving your car. Learning practical and easy techniques can not only help you during your day but can also help you implement coping strategies in your family.

Presented by Angela Sorg, Purdue Extension Educator, and Purdue Farm Stress Team member.


Crop insurance can be a great risk management tool to help your farming operation overcome issues that may be out of your control. However, there are important dates you need to be aware of and terms that may frustrate or confuse you as decide whether or not this risk management tool is for your.  This session will help highlight the value of crop and livestock insurance while providing you with an understanding of the important dates and terms you need to know. 

Presented by Nathan Selking, Agent with Williamson Crop Insurance

Breakout Session #2 Options

During this hands-on session, individuals will put their pens to work as they develop a written land lease agreement based on a case study. They will learn about current land lease trends and key points to keep in mind when negotiating a land lease for their farming operation.

Presented by Jenna Nees, Purdue Extension Educator and Purdue Land Lease Team member 

Purdue Extension Educators participated in the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Trinidad and Tobago in March 2023. The purpose of the F2F program is to generate sustained economic growth and international development in the agricultural sector. The assignments that Abigail and Molly taught to farmers were on making flour from root vegetables, food preservation and food product development. Numerous root vegetables are grown in the Caribbean Islands, due to their resistance to drought, pest, and disease; and therefore, provide a significant source of nutrition to the people. Root vegetable flour allows them to make a variety of gluten free baked goods and preserve the root vegetables during their peak season, by dehydrating and making it into flour for later use. Learning to properly and safely preserve and extend the shelf-life of nutritious crops provides a means of sustainability, especially during off-peak season.

Presented by Abigail Creigh, Purdue Extension Educator and Molly Hoag, Purdue Extension Educator

During this presentation, participants will learn about the basic mechanics of grain marketing.  They will learn what creates market movement, key items to watch for when making marketing decisions, and gain ideas on how to take advantage of potential marketing opportunities.

Presented by Ginny Nobbe, Grain Merchandiser for Falmouth Farm Supply, INC

Indiana is considered a state with many rural counties.  Essentially, 42 of the 92 counties in Indiana are considered rural with a county population under 40,000; population density less than 100 people per square mile; and the population of the largest city in the county less than 10,000.  Although many believe that rural counties don't face the same crime issues as urban areas, they do.  Join an Indiana State Police Officer during this session as he helps you learn to identify Indiana gangs and understand their activity.

Presented by Chris Everhart, Indiana State Police

Breakout Session #3 Options

In 2023, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and partners throughout the state have worked with the Gulf Hypoxia Program to develop a soil sampling program.  This program focuses on increasing the knowledge and use of soil sampling as a nutrient management practice to benefit on-farm operations.  This session will discuss this new program and the cover crop cost share program that your farming operation may want to sign up for in the near future. 

Presented by Ben Wicker, Executive Director of Indiana Ag Nutrient Alliance

During this session, participants will be encouraged to contemplate the future of agriculture. Join the host of the Purdue Commercial AgCast as he delves into insights about the prospective landscape of agriculture. Get ready to explore valuable information on the outlook for agriculture and engage in discussions about how these developments might impact individuals locally. This session promises to be an enlightening journey into the evolving world of agriculture and its implications for our community  

Presented by Dr. Brady Brewer, Associate Professor, Department Of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

You need financing but where can you get it? Take an in-depth look at FSA Farm Loans. In this interactive session we will cover the fine details of loan conditions, restrictions, and processing while catering to the interests of the group. Come and see if FSA may be right for you!

Presented by Bridgette Wanhainen, FSA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coordinator

In this talk, participants will be provided current information about how the opioid epidemic is affecting rural communities, as well as prevention strategies things families can do to be resilient in the face of this crisis.

Presented by Dr. Kristine Marceau, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science

Breakout Session #4 Options

With climate changing at such a rapid pace, how can one keep up with all the information and apply that to decisions that may reduce risk? This presentation will review what we know about the rate of climate change and its uncertainty regarding agricultural production in the Midwest. Free resources will be shared to continually monitor and assess risks pertaining to climate that may enhance decisions for the future.

Presented by Dr. Beth Hall, Director of Indiana State Climate Office

This program will discuss recommended practices for hiring and managing farm labor, including writing a job description, interviewing, legal and financial issues, communication and evaluations, and conflict resolutions. Participants will leave this session with resources and publications that go further in-depth on a variety of human resource related issues. 

Presented by Bill Horan, Purdue Extension Educator

Your financial records can help lead you to the path of success.  This presentation will center around the three main financial reports you need to understand and where the information comes from.

Presented by Susan Hobeck, Financial Manager of Stoy Farms

Succession planning takes on a unique form for every farming operation. Listening to narratives of triumphs, challenges, and recommendations can serve as a reassuring means to alleviate the stress associated with initiating the succession planning process. In this engaging session, we encourage you to pose questions to our panelists regarding their approaches to succession planning. Our panel is comprised of individuals with diverse experiences with implementing their family's plan.

Wednesday Night Networking

Do you hope to inspire the next generation of ag leaders? If so, consider joining the Young Ladies in Ag Forum participants and the Purdue Women in Ag Team for dinner, networking, and friendship on Wednesday evening. This is a great opportunity to help inspire and share your experiences within the ag industry with the youth passionate about the future of the agriculture industry. Cost is $25. Please indicate on your registration if you will be joining us for this networking event.

2024 Pre-Conference Sessions

The Purdue Women in Ag Team is enthused to be offering two pre-conference sessions on February 21, 2024 before the Ag Women Engage Conference.  These sessions will be held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, IN.  

Information about each individual pre-conference session can be found below.  When registering for the Ag Women Engage Conference, you will have the option to register for a pre-conference session.  The pre-conference sessions are open to individuals not registered for the conference. 

Are you a farm family looking for a better way to keep your farm records? 

Are you interested in learning more about computerized record keeping for the farm, but unsure if this is the right decision for you?

Are you currently utilizing Quicken®, but don't feel like you are utilizing it to the fullest?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider signing up for the Farm Accounting Workshop with Quicken®. Workshop participants will use example farm data to learn how to set up accounts, categorize income and expenses, run tax reports, explore recording farm production data, track income/expenses across tax years, and cash flows by enterprise. 

This hands-on workshop uses an Ohio State University Computer Lab with Quicken®software installed. Program presented by Bruce Clevenger, Farm Management Field Specialist with Ohio State University Department of Extension.

Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, IN
Cost: $75 with Ag Women Engage Conference Registration 
          $100 without Ag Women Engage Conference Registration 

Register Here

**This pre-conference session is limited to only 10 participants. 

Developing and implementing a succession plan can be a difficult task. Oftentimes, producers are left wondering where they should start when they should start, and how can we do this with minimal conflict.

In this day-long workshop, you'll learn about transferring the management of the farm, developing a financial roadmap for succession planning, dealing with conflicts, and hear from Polly Dobbs, Dobbs & Folz, LLC. Polly will be discussing common pitfalls, tools to overcome the pitfalls, buy-sell
agreements, and the upcoming tax changes that could affect your strategy. 

Participants will be invited to meet with members of the Purdue Succession Planning Team following the educational workshop.

Date/Time: Feb. 21, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Location: Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, IN
Cost: $50 with Ag Women Engage Conference Registration 
          $60 without Ag Women Engage Conference Registration 

Register Here

Hotel Information 
Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center 

1020 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone #: 260-420-1100

Reservation Link Here 

Hotel rate is $149 per night 

Reserve your room by January 30, 2024. 

Questions or Concerns?

For questions concerning the Ag Women Engage Conference or any of the activities associated with the conference, please contact Jenna Nees at or 765-653-8411.

Email Jenna Here

Ag Women Engage Conference Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor

Indiana Soybean alliance logo


Gold Sponsor

Farm Credit Mid-America logo


Silver Sponsor

Conservation Cropping System Initiative logo


Download The Sponsorship/Vendor Application Here