CHANHASSEN, Minn. — The 2017 Minnesota Agri-Women’s annual spring conference is a day-long event you won’t want to miss. The 19th annual conference theme is Embracing Innovation and is jam packed with sessions covering current issues and innovations in agriculture as well as skill-building and leadership opportunities.
The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, and online registration is now open at www.womensagleadership.org. Interested attendees do not need to work in the field of agriculture.
The conference will open with a panel discussion on Innovation from Farm to Fork. Panelists are Natasha Mortensen, Community Relations and Education, Riverview LLP; Dr. Amy Kircher, Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute; and, Tami Bredeson, President, Carlos Creek Winery.
The day-long event will cover a wide variety of topics, including agriculture policy, advocacy, agro-tourism, technology, professional development and marketing. There are also plenty of opportunities to network with the over 200 attendees.
Breakout sessions include:
Defending Your Lunch
Ag Policy from St. Paul to D.C.
Ag Innovations with AURI
Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Grants
Agritourism: The Next Frontier in Agriculture
Technology, Changing Crop Production
Knowing How You Adapt to Change
Marketing an Innovative Product
Communicating My Innovative Ideas to Others
Self-Development for You, Your Industry and Community
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson will recognize outstanding mentors in agriculture during the 15th Annual Mentorship Awards presentation. The conference begins with registration check-in at 8:00 a.m. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is located at 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska.
The 2017 conference is supported by the following major sponsorship partners: AgStar, CoBank, AgCountry Farm Credit Services and Farm Credit Leasing.
— Women’s Agricultural Leadership Conference
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