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KWIA Conference - 2013

14th Annual
Kentucky Women in Agriculture Conference

November 4-6, 2013

Campbell House-Crowne Plaza
Lexington, KY

More details coming soon!

Registration Form (.doc, 56 KB)
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Taste of Kentucky Proud Tickets - guests and non-members
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Crowne Plaza Lexington - The Campbell House, 1375 South Broadway, Lexington, KY
Call hotel direct at (859) 255-4281 or (800) 227-6963, Group Name: Kentucky Women in Agriculture / Group Code: KWA
Or click on the link above to make reservations. When you use the above link, click on reservations at the top - a code will automatically be in the form to allow you to access the $99 (plus tax) group rate. Make reservations by Oct. 20 to ensure the group rate is available.

Tentative Agenda - Women in Agriculture - The Next Generation

Monday, November 4

  9:30 a.m.  Registration / Continental Breakfast
  9:30 a.m.  Tradeshow

  11 a.m.  KWIA Business Meeting

  noon   Opening Session & Luncheon -
                     Keynote Speaker: Debbie Lyons-Blythe, 2012 Monsanto "Farm Mom of the Year"
1:45 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions -
"Preparing Beginning Farmers to be the Next Generation"
Presented by Drs. Lee Meyer and Jennifer Hunter: Beginning farmers are diverse in age, experience, resources - and gender too. With the average age of farmers in Kentucky at 58, clearly there has to be a replacement generation. For everyone's sake, that "next generation" needs many kinds of support. In this session, you will learn about existing training programs offered through the USDA/NIFA supported KyFarmStart program. You will also get information about other support systems available for beginning farmers and farm families in transition. In addition, as farm leaders, you will be given a chance to offer your suggestions - for training programs as well as other programs, such as: credit and land purchase programs; training and assistance for those wanting to transition out of agriculture; and, policies and institutional changes that will create opportunities for women beginning farmers.
"Preparing Beginning Farmers through Farm Incubators"
Presented by Dr. Mark Williams and Alexis Amorese: In this session, you will learn about farm incubator programs, which are a relatively new and novel way to provide aspiring and beginning farmers access to affordable land, equipment and technical assistance so that they can develop their farming enterprises in a reduced risk situation. We will discuss how incubators can be used to help beginning farmers gain the necessary skills and confidence to become successful agricultural leaders. We will also describe the current trends in incubators around the country and discuss efforts that are being made to establish these programs in Kentucky.

  2:00 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions -
                     - Repeated -

               4:15 p.m.   Plenary Session:  Women's Health Forum

Tuesday, November 5

  8:00 a.m.  District Networking Breakfast & Session - Officer Installation / Discussion with Professor Ann Ferrell History of KWIA and Women's Contributions to Ky. Agriculture
  9:30 a.m.  Roundtable Sessions -
                     "From Homegrown Heros to Hemp" - Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture
                     "UK Extension"
                     "Next Generation - Strategic Plan" - Kentucky Agricultural Council
                     "KCARD Services"
                     "GOAP Programs & Initiatives"
                     "USDA Programs & Services"
                     "KSU Extension"
                     "Provider Pals"

11:30 a.m.  Awards Luncheon - with the Honorable Elaine Chao, former secretary of labor

              1:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions -
                     "Social Media 101" Details forthcoming.
              "Securing Your Farm for the Next Generation"
              Estate planning Details forthcoming.

  2:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions -
                     - Repeated -

               4:00 p.m.   Plenary Session:  Legislative and Farm Bill Panel
               5:00 p.m.   Taste Event Will Call Opens

               5:30 p.m.   Taste of Kentucky Proud Event  
                   ($10 members & guests / $20 non-members)

                    Kentucky Proud food and vendors                   

Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor the 2013 KWIA Conference please send an email to

Sponsor Levels (.doc, 177 KB)

Donations are appreciated in all forms. If you would like to use a credit card to make a donation please use the PayPal option below.   

Thanks to all our sponsors! 

Taste of Kentucky Proud Event -
$10 members (included with full conference registration)

Tuesday, Nov. 5 (5 p.m. - will call opens; 5:30 p.m. event begins)
Members may purchase additional tickets for guests at the member rate. 

Taste of Kentucky Proud Event -
$20 non-members

Tuesday, Nov. 5 (5 p.m. - will call opens; 5:30 p.m. event begins)



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