Women in Agriculture Conference

Are you a woman who is involved in agriculture?  Are you actively farming, working in the industry or married to a farmer?   If so, then we have the conference for you! Join over 200 women for the 7th annual Women in Agriculture Conference on Friday, March 16th at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island. Registration starts at 8:00 am. This year’s featured speaker is Michelle Miller, Farm Babe, presenting “Bridging the Gap Between Farmers and Consumers.” 

Miller was once a big city girl and moved to rural Iowa for love. Once there, she learned that her original thoughts of modern agriculture were very inaccurate (based on mainstream Hollywood media and marketing) and now enjoys debunking myths and spreading facts about REAL Farms from REAL farmers. 

The keynote address will 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 pm with Kim Bremmer, a vocal champion of agriculture everywhere she travels, from the grocery store to the airport, drawing on her background as a dairy nutritionist for 15 years. She is the Wisconsin State Coordinator for Common Ground, a national movement of farm women who share information about farming and the food we grow, a regular contributor on Rural Route radio, and the President of Wisconsin Women for Agriculture. Kim will inspire participants to feel confident in answering consumer questions, telling farming’s story, and in sharing enthusiasm for the agriculture industry. 

The cost of the program is $50 prior to February 28th, which will include a breakfast and a luncheon buffet.  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 here.

Registration for the event starts on January 8. The Conference is sponsored by the Bureau, Carroll, Fulton, Henry, Knox, Lee, Mercer, McDonough, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren-Henderson, and Whiteside County Farm Bureaus in Illinois as well as Illinois Farm Bureau, Country Financial, River Valley Cooperative, University of Illinois Extension, and Iowa State University Extension.