Women's Conference | Nashville, TN
November 6-8, 2022


Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only prepare attendees for success in agriculture, but it will also provide them with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year. Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including business management and community building. The 2022 Women's Conference will focus on cooperatives, farming with family, insurance, leadership, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other attendees and win prizes! Registration will open Summer 2022.

Join us at the Holiday Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center 415 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Women's Conference is exclusive to Farmers Union members. Not a member, but interested in attending the event? Click here for information on becoming a Farmers Union member.

This event is gender-inclusive—trans and nonbinary participants are welcome to attend!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Emma McCormick at [email protected].


Did you miss the 2022 virtual Women's Conference? Check out the recordings below.

A Taste of Indigenous Foods with Mariah Gladstone, Indigikitchen

What are indigenous foods, where do we get them, and how do we prepare them? Many native North American foods, both cultivated and harvested, have been forgotten as our society has expanded and changed. Mariah Gladstone is leading the way in a food movement that is revitalizing and incorporating these important foods into the contemporary diet. She will discuss the history of Native food systems and the importance of rediscovering our traditional foodways.

Commodity Crop Economics: Understanding Today’s Markets with Tori Marshall, Tennessee Extension Area Specialist-Farm Management

This session provides a brief 2022 crop outlook as well as discussion of marketing options and decision aids created to assist producers in making informed decisions for their operations.

Grants 101 with Donna Pearson McClish, Common Ground Producers and Growers Inc., Lauren Langworthy, WFU Director of Special Projects, and Tricia Wanko, NFU Food Safety Grant Coordinator

Grant funding is another way to access capital that can be used on your farm. In this session, we will discuss how to identify grant opportunities, how to write a grant, and how to manage grant reporting.

How Cooperatives Make an Impact with Teia Evans, Associate Director, Carolina Common Enterprise

Cooperation is adaptable and impactful. The common principles that unite all cooperatives – small-farm and commodity, rural and urban, producer and consumer – promote sustainable development, equitable exchange, and resilient economies. This session will look at cooperation in action, exploring real-world examples demonstrating how cooperatives meet a diverse range of individual and community needs.

Lead your USDA with Amanda Robertson, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Regional Coordinator, USDA- Farm Service Agency

This workshop will cover (and demystify!) the US Department of Agriculture’s programs and resources that are designed to help farmers start or grow their farm business and manage their risk.  The workshop will also present leadership opportunities for farmers and ranchers where you can help shape policy and programs, from your local county to the national level. Come hear firsthand experiences from farmers who participate in USDA programs and who serve in leadership roles and meet USDA officials who can help you navigate USDA!


A special thank you to sponsors of NFU's 2022 Women's Conference!

 



And thank you to our 2022 promotional partners!