Grow by FarmHer will inspire, educate, and empower young ladies, ages 16-22, who are excited about their future in agriculture. The day-long events will give the opportunity for young women to connect with peers, listen to dynamic speakers, and meet industry leaders.

Midwest Tour | November 13-15, 2018

Join the FarmHer team as they host events in three states this fall! The Grow by FarmHer events will be hosted in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

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What to Expect

  • Meet peers with the same passion and drive as you
  • Begin a journey that allows you to give life to your dreams
  • Gain skills that will help you land your dream career
  • Network with industry leaders and learn from their path to success
  • Walk away with the feeling of excitement and an attitude to take on the world



7:30 am.    Registration

8:30 am     Welcome to Grow by FarmHer

9:15 am     'Follow Your Journey' - Marji Guyler-Alaniz, FarmHer Founder + President

Five years ago, FarmHer started as a journey to shine a light on women in agriculture. Hear where this journey has taken Marji and be encouraged to start yours today.

9:45 am     Networking break

10:00 am.  Breakout #1 - 'Engaging in Your Industry' panel

Panelists will share their insights on the importance of being actively involved in the agricultural industry and having a passion for wherever your path may lead.

11:00 am.   'Women Leading the Way' Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with a mentor who specializes in your area of interest!

11:45 am.   Breakout #2 - 'Connect + Grow' Connection Point

Mix and mingle with our sponsors about their organizations, careers, and internship opportunities. Take this time to make valuable connections with your future boss, co-worker, peer, or lifelong friend.

1:00 pm    Breakout #3 - Keynote Speaker

South Dakota - 'What I'd Wish I'd Known at 22', Cristen Clark, Food & Swine We all have a few things we wish we'd known when we were younger. Cristen shines a light on the important life lessons we should all keep in mind when entering a new season of life.

Nebraska - 'What I'd Wish I'd Known at 22' Cristen Clark, Food & Swine We all have a few things we wish we'd known when we were younger. Cristen shines a light on the important life lessons we should all keep in mind when entering a new season of life.

Iowa - ‘Empowered Women, Empower Women’, Audrey Stuart, Damsel in Defense Self-defense is an invaluable skill for all women to learn, regardless of her age. Learn from a skilled ‘Damsel in Defense’ whose mission it is to equip, empower and educate women to protect themselves. 

2:00 pm    Break

2:15 pm     ‘Survive & Thrive’ Keynote: Holly Hoffman, CBS Survivor Finalist

Meet a RanchHer who outwitted and outplayed to become the final woman standing on CBS’ hit series, Survivor: Nicaragua. Her inspiration will offer encouragement and optimism for self discovery.

4:00 pm     Conclusion



Marji Guyler-Alaniz: Keynote + Moderator

As the President and Founder of FarmHer, Marji will share her journey to kick off the event. She has photographed over 225 women in agriculture in over 20 states and is ready to share lessons learned and inspiration with all of the attendees.


Cristen Clark: Keynote Speaker

Cristen Clark is a 6th generation FarmHer, contest baker, blogger, and mom of two. Her blog, Food & Swine, celebrates her winning recipes and love for pigs. She also operates a corn and soybean farm with her mom, dad, and sister on their family’s century farm.

Holly Hoffman: Keynote Speaker

Born and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, Holly Hoffman was the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua”. Holly acknowledges that life is made up of challenges but within each of us is an ability to focus our thoughts, emotions, and energy to succeed.

Julie Kenney: Welcome Message

Julie was appointed Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2018. As Deputy Secretary, Julie is responsible for the operations of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, specifically policy, budget and personnel.

Kira Barclay: Panelist

Kira Barclay is the director of analytics at John Deere Financial. She graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a masters in statistics. She also earned her MBA in strategic management from Indiana University. Most of her roles with the company have been at John Deere Financial.

Erin Cumings: Panelist

Erin Cumings is an Associate Vice President of Agribusiness Underwriting
at Nationwide Insurance. She is also an active member of the Women in Ag Committee at Nationwide, and founding member of the MSTM Ag and FFA Supporters group, a local FFA Alumni group. She shows her passion for agriculture by operating a diversified farm outside of Des Moines, Iowa where she raises cattle, corn, hay, and soybeans.


Gerri Eid: Panelist

As an SDSU graduate, Gerri serves as the South Dakota FFA Foundation’s Executive Director while also a wife and mother of three. She is still involved in her family’s 4th generation farm and owns her own small business, GANE Leadership Consulting, dedicated to helping others learn and grow as leaders.

Linda Emanuel: Panelist

"Good Health Advocacy has been as the heart of Linda’s drive stemming from years as a farm girl in eastern Nebraska. Linda was a professional nurse for 30 years in an acute care setting before starting her new role as community health registered nurse with AgriSafe Network. She is part of her 3 generational family row crop operation in Nebraska.”

Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss: Panelist

Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss currently serves as the Interim Dean for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She is passionate about teaching; focuses on student success; is excited about agriculture and science; and motivates students to want to learn.

Stacey Pellett: Panelist

Stacey Pellett is a native Texan who enjoys being actively involved in Iowa agriculture on a 5th generation family farm with her husband and children. During her 20-year career with John Deere, she has had a number of opportunities both internally and externally. Currently, she is serving as the Manager for State Public Affairs. Her role takes her passion for advocacy to a new level by representing Deere at various various state houses around the Midwest.


JanLee Rowlett: Panelist

JanLee Rowlett grew up on her family's small registered Angus seedstock operation in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. A fourth generation cattlewoman, her love for agriculture is in her blood. JanLee's career goal has always been to represent American farmers and ranchers within the government to help protect their livelihoods. Her current role as Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager at the Iowa Cattlemen's Association allows her to do just that.

Aubrey Stuart: Iowa Breakout Session Speaker

Aubrey was born and raised in Southwest Iowa into a family that has farming in its roots. She grew up loving art, the outdoors, community and people in general. Aubrey worked in the Interior Design field for 6 years after college. She and her husband have since had 2 beautiful children and now live and work on the family farm. She believes safety and protection are vital in the world today and feels that keeping safe is just as important for rural women as it is for urban women.

Krista Soda: Panelist

This small-town girl didn't have agriculture on her radar until she started her job at Nationwide. Now she's the biggest FarmHer fan and even started the Women in Ag committee at Nationwide Insurance and has grown the group to other Central Iowa professionals.

Heather Van Nest: Panelist

Heather grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa, and completed her undergraduate study at Iowa State University and her MBA from Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. She spent four years working for Syngenta, and has been with John Deere for last the 16 years. In her current role as Division Sales Managers she is responsible for the Agricultural and Turf dealer channel and equipment sales with in 8 states in the western U.S.



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When heard 'Grow by FarmHer' was coming to Columbus, I knew I wanted to come to meet new people with similar interests as mine. With a heavy class and workload that week, I didn't know if spending a day at the conference was the best way to manage my time. But after the first session, I knew I was in the right place and needed an event like this to rejuvenate me! This conference helped remind me why I chose an agriculture major and hope to work in the industry the rest of my life.

- Lea Kimley, Ohio Attendee