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Women in Agriculture

2021 Midwest Women in Ag Conference  

Virtual Conference

February 25th

9:30 am - 3:00 pm EST

Cost: $40

Register Here!

To receive your special swag bag before conference, register by Feb. 19th.


The conference kicks off with a keynote presentation from Michele Payn, "Take Food Bullying by the Horns" : Filled with examples from across the grocery store and scientific evidence, this webinar is filled with new insight. Food bullying is taking away choice on farms and ranches across the world. Based on the new Food Bullying book, Michele illustrates how trends in neuroscience and psychology are changing perceptions about farming, and agriculture as a whole. She also takes a lively look at where these trends have led to bullying within agriculture and how we can be more compassionate in our business to help consumers better understand the complexities of the food system.

We will wrap up the day with our capnote speaker, Monica McConkey sharing Bend Don't Break: Building Resilience in Stressful Times. In today's ever changing world, women face demands from multiple directions. In this session we will explore strategies to not only get through demanding times, but to come out on the other side stronger and more self-confident.

The conference will also include opportunities to interact with each other in networking sessions breakouts, and update from our industry sponsors.

The agenda is as follows:
9:00-9:30 am - Networking
9:30-9:45 am - Welcome
9:45– 1:00 am - Michele Payn - Take Food Bullying by the Horns (sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America)
11:00-11:15 am - Break
11:15-12:00 pm - Morning Breakout Sessions
                                   - Tractor and Equipment Maintenance 101
                                   - Abuse of Power of Attorney: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Responding
                                   - From Managers to Leaders
12:00- 12:30 pm - Grab Your Lunch and network with attendees
12:30-1:00 pm - WIA Award Winners & Team Update
1:00-1:45 pm - Afternoon Breakout Sessions featuring Industry sponsors
                                   - Making the Connection: Building Confidence and Strengthening Relationships
                                   - Leading your Operation Through Volatility
1:45-2:00 pm - Break
2:00- 3:00 pm - Monica McConkey – Bend Don't Break: Building Resilience in Stressful Times*
3:00 pm - Closing Comments

*This workshop is being offered as part of the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, funded by USDA NIFA (2020-70028-32728).

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Women Award Applications Are Now Being Accepted 


Annually, the Purdue Women in Agriculture (WIA) Team recognizes Indiana women who are leaders and innovators and have contributed to the success of Indiana Agriculture. Currently, the Purdue WIA Team is accepting applications for the 2021 Purdue Women in Agriculture Awards.

Nominees will be placed in either the Leadership or Achievement categories for award consideration as deemed appropriate by the WIA Team. Additionally, the Emerging Women in Ag Leadership Award recognizes our high school and undergrad college students that are making an impact on agriculture.

Previous winners include women with integral roles in their personal and/or family farm business, corporate and non-profit leaders, educators, veterinarians, and women in public service roles.

Winners will be recognized at the Indiana State Fair and will receive a complimentary registration and overnight accommodation at the Midwest Women in Agriculture conference in the year after their award is presented.

The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture awards committee was co-chaired by Lori Bouslog, and Extension educator in Vermillion County, and Beth Vansickle, an Extension educator in Madison County. The Purdue Extension Women in Agriculture team provides educational opportunities and resources for women in the agriculture industry and coordinates the Midwest Women in Agriculture conference.

2021 Award Application 


Deadline: May 1, 2021

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Morning Ag Mixers


Connect with other farm women and agribusiness professionals as we discuss how to, and empower you to, make decisions within the agriculture industry.

3rd Tuesday of every month
9am - 10am (EST)

Feb. 16, 2021  - 2021 Farm Bill Decision


You do not need to pre-register.

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​​WIA Email Group

Purdue Extension maintains an email group for women in agriculture. If you are not already subscribed, please send an email to purduewia@purdue.edu to subscribe. If you have a question or problem, just send an email to the list for help. This is a moderated list and you will not receive junk email.

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