Idaho Ag Women to Gather in Nampa Saturday

Conference will focus on entrepreneurships, healthy eating.

Published on: Feb 20, 2014

Conversations about connecting farming and eating and successful entrepreneurship will highlight the Idaho Woman in Agriculture conference at the Nampa Civic Center Saturday.

The second annual event will be called "Leading by Example," with keynote speaker Susie Oberdahlhoff of Bowling Green, Missouri, talking about the "4 P's of Prosperity: Be Proud, Be Positive, Be Patient, and Be Persistent."

Oberdahlhoff is an official with the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Soybean Council.

The conference brings together women to share their experiences and unique perspectives and opportunities working in agriculture, Idaho's largest and most dynamic industry, according to conference co-chair Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission administrator.

Idaho agricultural women will hold their annual convention this Saturday, discussing how to make the connection between production and eating more positive.
Idaho agricultural women will hold their annual convention this Saturday, discussing how to make the connection between production and eating more positive.

"The Idaho Women in Agriculture conference is an excellent way for women in agriculture to come together, gather information, and build their networks with women producers," says Rikki Ruiz, University of Idaho Gem County Extension educator and conference co-chair.

"We have put together an excellent program."

Two panel discussions will feature conversations about ways to connect agriculture to eating and successes of Idaho women as entrepreneurs in the farming industry.

One panel will focus on ways to connect agriculture with eating, featuring Cinda Williams, UI Extension educator from Moscow; Guy Hand, Edible South Idaho spokesman from Boise; Jessica Flynn, Red Sky Public Relations official from Boise; Leah Clark, Idaho Preferred Program official from Boise; Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms official from Nampa.

A panel on successes of Idaho women in ag will feature Lori Anne Lau, livestock producer in Soda Springs; Charlotte Armstrong, Cowboy Tom's representative from Declo; Stacie Ballard of Ballard Cheese, Gooding; Beth Rasgorshek, Canyon Bounty Farm in Nampa, and Melanie Krause, Cinder Winery owner from Boise.

Conference registration costs $25 per person and may be made online, or by calling the Idaho Barley Commission at (208) 334-2090.