NFU Women’s Conference


San Diego, CA | January 14-18, 2018

Women in Leadership


NFU's 2018 Women's Conference theme is "Women in Leadership." Women have been leading in agriculture for many years, and NFU hopes to build on this idea throughout the conference.

The conference will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including: business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing and much, much more. NFU hopes to provide attendees with a network of female producers that they can reach out to throughout the year, as well as provide attendees with important tools that will help set their operations up for a future of success.

We are very excited about the conference and hope you can join us January 14-18, 2018 in San Diego California!

Check out last years agenda here, and read more on our 2018 speakers below!

Conference Speakers


Lisa Kivirist

View Lisa's bio here.

Lisa Kivirist is an Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and leads the Rural Women’s Project, a woman-farmer training initiative of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).

She is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers, along with Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance and was named by In Business Magazine as a “Woman of Industry” for leadership growing the women in sustainable agriculture movement. Lisa and her family run the award-winning Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B in Wisconsin, completely powered by the wind and sun. Lisa serves as treasurer of the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter and is the unofficial local women farmer potluck instigator.

Kriss Marion

View Kriss's bio here.

Kriss Marion is a first-generation farmer in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, and president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union South Central Chapter. She serves on the Lafayette County Tourism board and the Blanchardville Woman’s Club.

Though she’s not a dairy farmer, she gets up at 4am every morning to teach Boot Camp in the high school gym at 4:45am or greets the sun in a nearby goat barn where she practices Ashtanga Yoga. Her Circle M Market Farm features a vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), field-to-table dinners, poultry, livestock, a bed and breakfast, fiber arts, and a variety of classes---including fitness!

Bridget Holcomb

View Bridget's bio here.

Bridget Holcomb is the Executive Director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. Bridget received her Master’s of Public Affairs with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Prior to that she worked in sustainable agriculture advocacy at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. A native of Northern Minnesota, Bridget has focused her work on clean water, soil conservation, and making a sustainable living from the land.

Madeline Schultz

View Madeline's bio here.

Madeline Schultz is the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Program Manager. In this role, she works to develop educational programs, increase connections among women in agriculture, build the professional capacity of educators, and steward funding in order to help women improve their lives and contribute to national food security.

Schultz coordinates Iowa’s Annie’s Project courses. She contributed leadership to Annie’s Project nationally from 2008 to 2015. Annie’s Project is a national farm management education program for women; www.anniesproject.org. Schultz co-founded the Women in Agriculture Learning Network in 2014 at www.eXtensoin.org.

Poppy Davis

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Poppy Davis teaches and advises on agricultural business and policy issues affecting family-scale farmers and ranchers, related associations, and community efforts to support equitable and resilient food and farming systems.

She worked eight years at the USDA, most recently as the National Program Leader for Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. Previously she was a California CPA with an emphasis in agricultural enterprises and non-profits. She holds a Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School, a Masters in Journalism from Georgetown, and a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis.

Sarah Lloyd

View Sarah's bio here.

Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Secretary of the Board and Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. She is the President of the Columbia County Farmers Union and also serves on the Board of the Wormfarm Institute. In addition to her off-farm work Sarah helps her husband Nels Nelson on the Nelson family dairy farm outside Wisconsin Dells. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology and co-teaches the Rural Social and Economic Issues course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course.

Sarah recently completed a three-year term on the National Dairy Board and served in an elected positions on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing board and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. In 2016 Sarah ran for Congress in the WI-6th Congressional District, receiving 37% of the vote.

A special thank you to sponsors of NFU's Women's Conference!