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2019 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference
February 20th & 21st, 2019
Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN
Registration is now open for the 2019 Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference.  Conference attendees have the chance to listen to Michelle Miller (a.k.a. "The Farm Babe"), Kim Bremmer, agribusiness professionals, past Purdue Women in Agriculture Award Winners, and Extension personnel during this two day event.  Topics to be discussed include community involvement, farm management, marketing, cover crops, woodland management, and advocating for agriculture.  To learn more about the conference and all the breakout sessions offered, please view the Midwest Women in Ag Conference Brochure.

New in 2019!  You can now register for the conference online! 

Mental Health First Aid Pre-Conference Session 

Registration - Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Session 1 - Feb. 19, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Session 2 - Feb. 20, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mental Health First Aid will be offered as a preconference session on February 19 & 20 at the Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference.  Registration will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. You must attend all of session 1 and 2 to receive your certification in Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

If you work with or in the agriculture industry, this may be a valuable course to attend. The agriculture industry can be very stressful with possible on-the-farm injuries, large loans for land and equipment, and volatile pricing. These circumstances lead to high rates of stress and leave individuals looking for ways to cope, which puts a strain on their mental health and overall well-being, as well as that of their families.

More information about the Mental Health First Aid Pre-Conference Session can be found in the Midwest Women in Ag Conference Brochure on page 4.

If you will also be attending the conference, registration is $35. If you are not attending the conference, registration is $50.

You can register for the Mental Health First Aid Pre-Conference on the Conference Registration Site.

From Food Fears to the FARM BABE! 
Young Ladies of Agriculture Event nce
4:30-6:30 pm
February 20, 2019
Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN
In a world where social media is the #1 source of information nowadays, how can we as young ladies in agriculture better tell our stories?  Join Michell Miller (AKA The Farm Babe) as she shares her journey to social media stardom and inspires others to step up to the plate, fight misinformed activists, and proudly communicate tough topics and all the success that is modern farming.
Cost is $10 per young lady.
Please register by February 13, 2019.

Take Steps to Secure Your Family Farm for Generations

Are you facing a future farm business transfer?
Join us for a workshop to explore:
  • Valuing Assets to Transfer to the Next Generation
  • Power of Attorney Tools
  • Farm Safety While Aging in Place
  • Building Your Advisory Team
  • Succession Planning Toolbox: Wills, LLCs, Trusts, and TOD Basics

Cost: $50 for first 4 family members; $10 each additional member

Dates/Locations (all times local):
  • Jan. 22, 9 a.m., Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 County Road 34, Goshen, IN
  • Jan. 24, 1 p.m., Hancock County Extension Office, 802 Apple Street, Greenfield, IN
  • Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Knox County Extension Office, 4259 N Purdue Road, Vincennes, IN
  • Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Harrison County Extension Office, 247 Atwood Street, Corydon, IN
  • Jan. 30, 9 a.m., Benton County Extension Office, 410 S Adeway, Suite A, Fowler, IN
  • Feb. 5, 1 p.m., Decatur County Extension Office, 545 S CR 200 W, Greensburg, IN
  • Feb. 6, 9 a.m., Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City, IN
  • Feb. 13, 6 p.m., Vermillion County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Road, Cayuga, IN
  • Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Madison County Fairgrounds, 512 E 4th Street, Alexandria, IN
  • Mar. 5, 6 p.m., Monroe County Extension Office, 3400 Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN

*Note: Registration deadline is one week prior to each program.

For more information, download the program flyer here.


Upcoming Women in Ag Webinars

Conservation Planning for Your Farm 
  • January 23, 2019 @ 12 Noon EST
  • Why would I want a conservation plan?  A conservation plan captures the goals, long and short-term, of a landowner and farmer for their farm.  Conservation plans are very similar to a business plan that most companies have in place.  The conservation plan balances the need for profit, addressing environmental concerns, and productivity of your farm.  The final plan provides you a step-by-step roadmap for meeting your natural resource conservation goals.  By developing a conservation plan and working to add conservation to your farm, you will be protecting your land's ability to provide for your family and future generations.  Join us on January 23rd when Ruth Hackman, District Conservationist with USDA NRCS discusses why you should consider developing a conservation plan.
  • Register Here
Planting Natives in your Landscape for Pollinators
  • April 18, 2019 @ 12 Noon EST
  • In this webinar, Gina Anderson, Purdue Extension ANR Educator, will talk about the placement of native plants in the home landscape and their importance to pollinators.
  • Register Here


Proceedings from the
2018 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.