"The Power of You" Washington County Women in Agriculture 2018 Conference

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Women in Ag Conference March 24 - Sign up Today


With the theme of this year’s conference being “The Power of You”, the goal is to show women of all ages the power they can have in their chosen agricultural field in sharing their story in agriculture, even in the simplest of day to day activities and conversations.   Click here for brochure.Women in Ag Conference March 24 - Sign up Today

The conference will feature the following five speakers: April Hemmes, a fourth generation farmer; Barbara Hall and Kathryn Gamble, author and photographer of Women and the Land; Cristen Clarke, farmer, wife, mother, blogger, and award winning cook and baker; Dr. Ruth MacDonald, the former chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and newly appointed interim senior associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University; and Kristine Tidgren, director of the Center for Ag Law and Taxation at Iowa State University.

Hemmes, Hall, and Clarke will focus on the importance of telling agriculture’s story and why people need to know about what we do in agriculture. Hall and Gamble’s book feature several women from southeast Iowa. MacDonald and Tidgren will provide attendees with talking points that attendees can use to in sharing agriculture’s story. MacDonald will focus on consumer perceptions of food and biotechnology while Tidgren will focus on current legal issues in agriculture.

Registration for the conference starts at 8:30 a.m., with the conference kicking off at 9 a.m. The conference will conclude around 3:00 p.m.

Registration to attend the conference is $25 or $15 for students. You can register by calling the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811 or online at https://psr.extension.iastate.edu/events/905/register.

The registration deadline is March 16. Late registrations and walk-in registrations will be accepted based on availability.

If you would like to learn more about the Women in Agriculture Conference, call the Washington County Extension Office at 319-653-4811 for more information.

The conference is being made possible in large part thanks to: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Azariah and Martha Foster Heritage Endowment, Hills Bank and Trust Company and other local sponsors.


About the Speakers:

April Hemmes -  As a fourth-generation farmer, Hemmes has been implementing conservation practices in Franklin County and traveling the world to tell others about sustainably-raised crops. Join us to find out how she responds to the controversial questions from the public that we all dread.  Meet April Hemmes.

Dr. Ruth MacDonald - Dr. MacDonald is a professor and former Chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. Expiration dates, GMO’s, food labeling like “all-natural” or “organic”...what does it really mean? Dr. MacDonald will leave you with a better understanding of our food

system and how to navigate it.  Meet Dr. Ruth MacDonald.

Barbara Hall & Kathryn Gamble - Barbara is the author of a new book "Woman and the Land" and Kathryn is the photographer.  They will discuss their book about Iowa farmwomen as they created it in words and pictures.  Several women from southeast Iowa are featured in this book. Meet Barbara Hall and Kathryn Gamble.

Cristen Clark - Advocating for agriculture is important, but who should do it and how?  Clark, author of the blog "Food & Swine", will share the power women possess and why then can and should write themselves into their farm story.  Meet Cristen Clark.

Kristine Tidgren - Tidgren is the director for the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at Iowa State University, and will bring nitty-gritty expertise on current legal issues affecting our industry.  Meet Kristine Tidgren.