Midwest Women in Agriculture conference to tackle food harassment


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 2021 Midwestern Women in Agriculture conference kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET on February 25 for a full day of guest speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Michele Payn, founder of Cause Matters Corp., a company that links agriculture and food, is the morning keynote speaker. Payn will illustrate how trends in neuroscience and psychology are changing common perceptions surrounding agriculture and agriculture. She will examine how trends have led to bullying within agriculture and how the agriculture industry can be more compassionate and share the complexities of the food system with consumers.

Breakout sessions throughout the day will cover the following topics: tractor and equipment maintenance, business management and leadership, relationship building and strengthening, and directing operations through volatility. During the afternoon session, Monica McConkey, a rural mental health specialist in Minnesota, will share strategies for building self-confidence during tough times.

Visit ag.purdue.edu/extension/WIA/Pages/default.aspx to register and view the conference agenda. Registration for the conference is $ 40. Participants will receive a special loot bag after registration. For accommodation or more information, contact Kelly Heckaman at 574-372-2340 or [email protected].

Writer: Abby Leeds, 765-494-7817, [email protected]

Source: Kelly Heckaman, 574-372-2340, [email protected]

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