IFB-sponsored Women in Ag event helps create 'synergy'

Farm Babe presentation on consumer communications highlights list of sessions.

By Jim Taylor

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2017 Women in Ag Conference attendee Jolene Brown, center, gave last year's keynote address. (Photo by Cyndi Wiggs)

The Quad Cities will again serve as the location for a two-state conference devoted to women in agriculture. The all-day event takes place March 16 at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island. 

“We’re ready for a great group of young ladies and all ages to join us,” said Rock Island County Farm Bureau Manager DeAnne Bloomberg told the RFD Radio Network®.

You can still register at www.WomenInAgricultureConference.com.

Among the presenters will be Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe. Her subject is “Bridging the Gap Between Farmers and Consumers”. University of Illinois agribusiness lecturer Paul Stoddard will offer a presentation titled “51 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was 21.” There will be other breakout sessions as well.

Bloomberg expects upward of 200 women from Illinois and Iowa to attend the conference.

“That right there gives you some piece of mind that hey, I’m not alone,” Bloomberg said. “As much as we have social media around us, you can feel pretty alone at times. So I’m always tickled to see the lady sitting there at a big table of eight or 10, and you know they just connected with someone.”

“When you’re around a lot of other people, it creates synergy,” she added. “There’s strength in numbers.”

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. 

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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