March 4, 2017

Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106
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SAN DIEGO – Building on a strong history of providing women in agriculture with important leadership and risk management skills, National Farmers Union (NFU) kicked off its annual Women’s Conference today in San Diego, California.

This year’s conference, with a theme of “Shaping the Future,” will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including: business planning, succession planning, running for local office, communications, and innovative marketing.

“NFU’s Women’s Conference offers women of all ages the opportunity to come together to engage with a diverse group of women in agriculture from across the country, and take home invaluable experiences and lessons to improve their farm operations and communities,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “All of agriculture, from family farms and ranches to agribusiness board rooms benefit when the views and ideas provided by women are included and emphasized.”

The Women’s Conference is also a great opportunity to network and hear from leaders and experts in the field of agriculture. This year, the conference will host a number of special guests, including:

~ Audra Mulkern, founder of The Female Farmer Project;
~ Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters;
~ Kriss Marion, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter;
~ Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network;
~ Madeline Schultz, manager of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program;
~ Dr. Shannon Ferrell, associate professor at Oklahoma State University;
~ Poppy Davis, adjunct professor at University of Arkansas School of Law
~ Sarah Campbell, stakeholder engagement specialist at USDA Farm Service Agency
~ Charlotte Smith, founder of, and owner of Champoeg Creamery and Charlotte Smith Pastured Meats

The 2017 NFU Women’s Conference programming is sponsored by Farm Credit, CHS Foundation, and NFU Foundation.

For more information, visit the 2017 NFU Women’s Conference web page.


To download an audio file of Roger Johnson’s quote, visit

Stay Connected
Follow along with the NFU Women’s Conference with the hashtag #NFUWomen, and follow NFU on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. You can also download the Women’s Conference app here.

About NFU
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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