As we come to the close of another year, it is a time to reflect on all the accomplishments and blessings that we have had during 2017! Our Annual conference that was held November 6, 7 and 8th was a huge success and very well attended. Our conference co-chairs, Lindie Huffman and Janelle Gardner, did an excellent job in securing speakers and presenters that were informative and inspirational. Our conference planning committee was also very instrumental in the success of the conference. Our work is never done though, we will begin planning for next year's conference during our first board meeting of the year in January 2018. Remember to complete your evaluation for the conference, if you were in attendance, and let us know any suggestions you may have for next year.
Our new board for 2018 will be available to anyone that may have questions or would like to become more active in the organization. The board is listed elsewhere in the newsletter with a few introductions of new board members. Our District Delegates/Representatives will be reaching out to their district members and holding a few district meetings for networking and items of interest to women in agriculture. As a New Year's resolution, please consider reaching out and promoting KWIA in your area. Talk to your co-workers, friends, family and neighbors about our organization and give them the website so they can see what we are about! There are still so many that have never heard of KWIA and I hear that every day when I talk to people about the organization.
If you missed the conference this year, please try to make a point to attend our next one! From Honeybees 101 to Herb Gardening to Emergency Planning to Family Farm Safety, we provided many topics to choose from during the conference. We had great speakers which included Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton, Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles, and Ms KY Molley Matney with her Farm Fit platform. Our farm tours were enjoyed by several attendees on the 3rd day and I think the Alpaca Farm, River Hill Ranch, was the hit of the day. Our conferences always have relevant information for everyone in attendance, but the remark I hear the most is the wonderful networking opportunity it offers to women in agriculture!
Again, THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS! Without our sponsors, we would not be able to offer the conference each year and as a nonprofit, we would not be able to continue with our organization.
To everyone I wish a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year for 2018!
KY WOMEN IN AG, INC.