Washington County to Host Third Annual Women in Agriculture Conference

Conference will showcase putting knowledge into action and sharing information with others

February 19, 2019, 1:40 pm | Rebecca Vittetoe

AMES, Iowa – “Learn It. Do It. Share It.” is the theme of the third annual Women in Agriculture Conference at the Washington County Fairgrounds. The event to be held March 23 is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Washington County and the Washington County Women in Agriculture Advisory Board.

The goal of this year’s conference is to show women of all ages the importance of not just learning something, but how to put that knowledge into action and share it with others.
Julie Kenney head shot.The conference will feature four speakers – Julie Kenney, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Erin Brenneman, local farmer; Erin Herbold-Swalwell, an attorney who focuses on estate and succession planning; and Deadra Stanton, a humorous and motivational speaker.

Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, farmer, wife and mother are just some of the hats that Kenney wears. It can be a tough balancing act, but Kenney will share how the many hats she wears help her to learn it, do it and share it.

Brenneman, who went from the suburbs of Chicago to a pig farm in Washington County, will share her journey, what she has learned along the way, and a few easy takeaways that attendees can take home and use to help share the beautiful tale of farm life.
Herbold-Swalwell, an attorney with Brick Gentry, will share her passion for planning for the future with farm families. She will share tips and tools to help make important estate and succession planning decisions and discuss recent case examples affecting agriculture. This can be an emotional topic, and communication is key to navigating and successfully completing the process.  

The last speaker will leave attendees laughing until they cry. Stanton, a humorous and motivational speaker, will share her stories of “life lessons” to help inspire attendees to enjoy life and laugh at life’s situations.

Conference sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m., with the conference kicking off at 9 a.m. The conference will conclude around 2 p.m. with a networking and socializing hour until 3 p.m. featuring local wine, cheese and chocolate tasting. Must be 21 or older for the wine tasting.

Registration to attend the conference is $25 or $15 for students. You can register by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County office at 319-653-4811 or online at https://tinyurl.com/WomenInAgConf2019.

The registration deadline is March 15. Late registrations and walk-in registrations will be accepted based on availability.

The conference is being made possible by ISU Extension and Outreach, the Azariah and Martha Foster Heritage Endowment, Hills Bank and Trust Company and other local sponsors.

Additional Contact:
Nancy Adrian, Washington County Extension Director, 319-653-4811, nadrian@iastate.edu

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