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Annual Women's Ag Leader Conference Set For April 11

Annual Women's Ag Leader Conference Set For April 11

The 14th annual meeting will be held at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

All women interested in agriculture are invited to attend the 14th Annual Women's Agricultural Leadership Conference. Theme for this year's event is "Agriculture 2012: Changing the Face of Agriculture."

The conference will be Wednesday, April 11, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska.

The agenda is as follows:

8 -8:40 a.m.      Registration, Networking

8:45  Welcome – Chelsea Vilchis, Minnesota FFA Association State Reporter

9 a.m.               General Session – Changing the Face of Agriculture Panel Discussion

                        Betty Berning, Senior Buyer - Dairy, General Mills

Annual Women's Ag Leader Conference Set For April 11

                        Sangeetha Gummadi, Soil Conservationist, USDA NRCS Wright County, Minnesota

                        Kristin Weeks Duncanson, Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Chair & Owner/Partner Duncanson Growers


9:40 Roundtable discussion by conference participants on "Changing the Face of Agriculture" based on what the panellists discussed.

10 a.m. report back by tables

10:10 a.m. wrap up discussion

10:10-10:25       Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. Changing the Face of Agriculture mini-sessions- roundtables on different topics

Find out about issues, ideas and the next big thing on a wide range of topics. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in up to four mini-sessions.

There will be multiple sessions going on in the room simultaneously which will create substantial energy. Mini-sessions include: Common Ground; Eating for Equity; Minnesota Ag In the Classroom; FFA presentations; agricultural issues and much more

11:20-12:10       Breakout Session I

12:15-1:10         Lunch

Welcome Sue Kruger, President, Minnesota Agri-Women

Remarks Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson

9th Annual Agricultural Mentoring Awards recipients of this award honoring outstanding mentors in agriculture will be recognized during lunch hosted by Sarah Dornink, Past President Minnesota Agri-Women, awards presented by Commissioner Frederickson.

1:15-1:30           Speed Networking

1:40-2:30 p.m.   Breakout Session II     

2:35-2:50 p.m.   Break and Networking

2:55-3:45 p.m.   Breakout Session III

3:50 p.m.      Depart- Thank you for joining us!

Breakout Sessions

1)Getting Agriculture off the Endangered List: one FFA chapter's efforts and insights into educating about agriculture - Natasha Mortenson, Morris Area FFA Advisor along with Kaitlin Van Horn, Jake Moser, Brooke Wente, and Tom Holland Morris Area FFA members

2)Immigrant Women in Minnesota Agriculture - David Krueger, Associate Vice-President, AgStar Financial Services,  Becky Balk, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Ly Vang, Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in MN, Pakou Hang, Executive Director, Hmong American Farmer Partnership

3)Changing the Face of Agriculture? - The New Farm Bill – Matt Wohlman, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

4) How to be Outrageous: Speed Version - Peg Lonnquist, Director, University of Minnesota Women's Center

5) Advocating for Agriculture/Grassroots Advocacy - Eunice Biel, Dairy Farmer Harmony, MN

6)The New Urban Agriculture - Paula Westmorland – owner Ecological Gardens and co-founder of the Permaculture Research Institute Cold Climate (PRI).

7)Agriculture + Advocacy = Agvocacy  – Emily Zweber, Executive Director, AgChat Foundation

8)A Full Circle: Walking Alongside Maasai Women of Tanzania: agriculture and much more – Deb Pangerl, Executive Director, The IMAGE project and author  

9)Chocolate, Broccoli and Other  Foods to Live By – Jodie Skolnick, MBA, DTR

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and two breaks. Cost is $15 per student by April 2 and $20 after April 2; $30 non-student first-time attendee and $40 after April 2; $30 per Agri-Women member by April 2 and $40 after April 2; $45 regular rate by April 2 and $55 after April 2.

FFA advisers' scholarships are available for the conference. Contact Doris Mold, 612-414-7574, for more information.

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