2019 Women in Agriculture Conference

Farm women and all those involved in the agriculture industry should plan to attend the Women in Agriculture Conference, scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel in Moline, Illinois. This conference is a one day seminar to help women become empowered in agriculture. 

The conference, in its eighth year, will feature keynote speaker Tyne Morgan, Host, U.S. Farm Report, presenting “Bullish Agriculture 2019 & Beyond.” Morgan is doing what she calls her “dream job.” After spending two years on the road as AgDay and U.S. Farm Report National Reporter, in 2014 Tyne was named the first female Host of U.S. Farm Report. At the age of 29, she became only the fourth host of the show, following Orion Samuelson, Max Armstrong and John Phipps. Tyne works each week to bring viewers the latest agriculture and market related news by diving into stories impacting not only farmers and ranchers, but rural America. Growing up in rural Missouri, Tyne attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in Agriculture Journalism, with an emphasis in broadcast. Today, Tyne’s greatest title is “Mom,” as she and her husband James are enjoying life with two little girls, ages 2 and 3. 

The Women in Agriculture Conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. The keynote address with be followed by a variety of breakout sessions that participants may choose among. A lunch break will be included between the morning and afternoon breakout sessions. 

The Conference will wrap up around 3:00 p.m. with Erin Brenneman, Farmer and Farrowing Manager, Brenneman Pork, presenting “We mend more fences when we meet in the middle.” Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, it was only after Brenneman married and moved to her new family’s hog operation that her eyes were opened to what she calls “the beautiful world of farming.” She's since become a strong advocate for the industry and for her own family’s products. Erin and her husband are part owners in TJAC Pork and both work at Brenneman Pork in Iowa. Erin works full time at the home farm sow unit as the farrowing manager, and while most of her time is spent caring for the sows and newly born piglets, she also hosts groups visiting the farm. She takes the time to explain their modern production practices to groups like Florida FFA officers, retail food companies, students and recently a group of “mommy bloggers.” Erin was recently selected as one of the Faces of Farming by the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. promoting the pork industry and talking to students with no experience in farming about modern production methods and technology. As an active member in the social media community via Twitter, she strives to correct the vast amounts of misinformation about farming that she finds circulating. 

Included in the day is an exhibit area, with many businesses and organizations offering materials, promotional items, and give-away drawings. The cost of the program is $50 prior to February 21st, which will include a breakfast and a luncheon buffet, as well as a mid-day snack break. Walk-ins the day of the conference will be $100. To register, contact any of the sponsoring County Farm Bureaus in Illinois, or register online at womeninagricultureconference.com.