July 06, 2018
The second annual 'I am FarmHer' event included 160 amazing ladies from 21 different states. The three-day event was a success but if you could not make it to Kansas City, read below for the recap.
Day one was kicked off with a farm tour and an evening hosted by Green Dirt Farm at a venue that looked like it belongs in a magazine. A combination of beautiful weather and live country music made for the perfect night to relax while getting to know all the attendees. The menu had Green Dirt Farm’s very own sheep cheese to pair with the table full of meats, salads, and desserts. Attendees paired the food with wine from Vox Vineyards, a local winery located just North of Kansas City.
Marji Guyler-Alaniz, the founder of FarmHer, opened up day two of the event with her keynote titled, 'Follow Your Journey.' She shared her journey of building FarmHer and the highs and lows of creating a business. With the event starting on a positive note, the other speakers followed Marji and made the event inspirational and informative.
Other keynote speakers included strong industry leaders that discussed various topics.
Chris Chin, Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, shared how she became the Director of Agriculture and had the title, 'Engaging in Your Industry’. Cary Portell is a woman who will be featured on the FarmHer TV Show and spoke to the group about her accident with a drunk driver, titled, ‘What Choice Will You Make?
Both days included fantastic breakout sessions that included the following topics:
Women’s Health Panel- Kallen Anderson, Linda Emanuel, Sarah Falen-Perala Moderated by Chelsea Dubczak
You Can’t Do It All- Cristen Clark
Connection Your Brand with Consumers- Jodi Oleen
Ready. Set. Create.- Sharon Moore, Emily Roush, Krista Soda
Marlene Eick, a life coach for millennial women in agriculture, wrapped up Tuesday with a workshop titled,‘1,000 Piece Puzzle’
Wednesday morning started with a Public Policy Panel that included powerhouse women who gave updates about Washington D.C. happenings, specifically the Farm Bill. Panelists included:
Dr. Barb Glenn, NASDA
Laurie Hueneke, Merck Animal Health
Julie Anna Potts, American Farm Bureau Federation
Moderated by Tara Smith, Michael Torrey Associates
The day concluded with Holly Hoffman sharing her story about being a contestant on the 'Survivor' and how we should all write ourself a note.
Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Kansas City and another thank you to everyone who followed along with the hashtag #IamFarmHer. Until our paths meet again, keep being awesome!
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