Women producers in agriculture from across the nation will gather Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 for the sixth annual Executive Women in Agriculture (EWA) Conference. Held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill., this conference is the industry’s premier event for farm women and those involved with agriculture.

With endless opportunities and challenges in farming today, the need to provide education on farm business practices has never been greater. The conference’s content is geared toward female farmers who serve at the managers of record keeping, financial reporting, marketing and human resources, as well as production and technology execution on their operations.

This year, EWA will focus on turning obstacles into opportunities and introduce speakers who will provide cutting-edge business education that challenges, inspires, and teaches attendees how to prosper in any market environment, regardless of what they raise or produce.

Highlights of this year’s agenda include:

  • “Turning Your Dreams into Reality” by Vivian Howard, Restaurateur, Chef and star of the PBS Food show “A Chef’s Life”
  • “Today’s Opportunities for Women in Agriculture” by Alexis Taylor, Deputy Under Secretary, Foreign Agricultural Services (invited)
  • “Consumer Trends and How Farmers Can Capitalize” by Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Kellogg Company
  • “Family Business Boundaries: An Interactive Discussion” by Barb Dartt and Stephanie Edsall, GROW
  • "What’s Ahead for 2017? A Live Taping of U.S. Farm Report” with Tyne Morgan, U.S. Farm Report Host; Panelists: Naomi Blohm, Stewart-Peterson; Julianne Johnston, Pro Farmer; Angie Maguire, Citizens Grain

EWA is a wonderful opportunity for women to network with 250 peers from 28 states and Canada, be inspired by dynamic speakers, develop your leadership skills and take home a tactical to-do list to improve your operation. For the first time, EWA is offering a pre-event reception to kick start the event with networking with each other and sponsors.

Elite Sponsors of the 2016 Executive Women in Agriculture Conference include DuPont Pioneer, DowAgro Sciences, and Farm Credit.