The annual Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference should help attendees develop new ideas and perspectives on agriculture to take home to their communities.
The conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 29 and March 1, at the Shipshewana Town Center. The town center is located at 760 S. Van Buren St. in Shipshewana.
"We have returning speakers from last year's conference along with new, exciting speakers that should make for a fun time," said Purdue University Extension Educator Elysia Berry, a conference organizer. "Attendees vary from those in agricultural professions to those who have been involved in farming their whole lives, to those just getting started, and there is much to learn for all."
One of this year's keynote speeches is aimed toward women who are searching for living their legacies. In her speech "Bury Me With My Pearls," professional speaker Jane Herlog uses a pearl analogy – cultured, uncultured and the power of the seed pearls – to empower women to handle business and personal challenges with grace and humor.
The other keynote speaker, Pam Boocher, senior marketing associate from Elanco, will explore the benefits of modern, efficient technology used in food production in her speech "What Consumers Want: Technology Fighting for a Change to Feed the World."
Other topics covered at the conference will include farm marketing, estate basics, grain bin safety, depression in women, and couponing.
There is a fee to attend the conference. The fee includes lunch on both days and dinner the first evening. Lodging is not included in the registration fee.
To register or for more information, visit the Purdue University Women in Agriculture website at http://www.agriculture. purdue.edu/wia.