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2018 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference
February 21-22, 2018
Horizon Convention Center
Muncie, IN

Interact with other women interested in agriculture during this 2 day conference.  Hear from Dr. Jason Henderson on Positioning Ag for Success in the Next Stage of the Cycle, Katie Dilse on Life is a Highway....Roll On!, Indiana State FFA Officers, Claire Baney and Natalie Taylor, and Lindsay Sankey and Sarah Mahan on Life on the Farm - 2018.  There will be several breakout sessions you can choose from.  For more information and to register, view the brochure below.
Midwest Women in Ag Conference Brochure.pdfMidwest Women in Ag Conference Brochure.pdf
There will also be a pre-conference session on February 20, 2018.  This session is titled, "Risk Management & Diversification for Your Farm Operation."


Young Ladies of Agriculture Event

Purdue Extension is excited to invite young ladies (grades 8-12) to the 2018 Young Ladies of Agriculture event at the Midwest Women in Ag Conference on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, beginning at 4:30 pm at the Horizons Convention Center in Muncie, IN.
This year's theme is CHASE your passion, FIND your purpose!  Katie Dilse will be the evening's keynote speaker and this will be her topic.  Katie's goal for her presentation will be to encourage young ladies of agriculture by giving them "a bit of zet for their heart, food for their souls, and permission to find success and impact in agriculture."  Katie is even a former FFA member from North Dakota!
The event will also include a panel of women who are actively pursuing their passions in agriculture.  Young ladies will participate in a scavenger hunt for some fabulous door prizes.  The evening will conclude with dinner and presentations from Indiana FFA State Officers, Claire Baney and Natalie Taylor.
Cost for the event is $10/young lady.  Each group of young ladies can have one adult attend free.
For more information and to register, view the flyer, registration form, and agenda below.
2018 Young Ladies of Ag Flyer.pdf2018 Young Ladies of Ag Flyer.pdf
2018 Young Ladies of Ag Registration Form.pdf2018 Young Ladies of Ag Registration Form.pdf
2018 Young Ladies of Ag Agenda.pdf2018 Young Ladies of Ag Agenda.pdf
Future Purdue Women in Agriculture Webinar

  • Why are Crop Budgets so Important?
    • Michael Langemeier, Professor within Purdue University Department of Agriculture Economics, will discuss corn and soybean crop budgets, and will use these budgets to discuss the relative profitability of corn and soybeans. 
    • January 19, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
    • Register here for the webinar
  • Dealing with Family Stress
    • What you've learned fromm past experiences can help you manage new stresses.  You cannot eliminate stress, but you can make choices about how you will use your resources in new situations.  Learn how to deal with family changes and demands with Alice Smith, Health & Human Sciences Extension Educator with Purdue Extension in Jasper County. 
    • February 28, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
    • Register here for the webinar
    Resistant Weed Management
    • Join Valerie Clingerman,Purdue Extension Educator, as she discusses integrated pest management strategies for the most common resistant weeds found in Indiana. 
    • March 21, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
    • Register here for the webinar

Congratulations to the 2017 Purdue Women in Agriculture Award Winners!


Annually, the Purdue Women in Agriculture Team recognizes Indiana women who are leaders and innovators and have contributed to the success of Indiana Agriculture.  The awards were presented on August 17 as part of the lieutenant governor's Celebration of Agriculture program during the Indiana State Fair.

Jane Hardesty of Indianapolis, state conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service, was named winner of the Leadership Award, presented annually to a woman for outstanding achievements in agribusiness or policymaking positions.

Carrie Vollmer-Sanders, nutrient strategy manager for The Nature Conservancy's North America Agriculture Program and a member of a northeast Indiana family farm, received the Achievement Award, honoring women who are directly involved in a farming operation.

Proceedings from the
2017 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference
are posted on the "Related Links" page.


​​WIA Email Group

Purdue Extension maintains an email group for women in agriculture. If you are not already subscribed, please send an email to 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.