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Temple Grandin Headlines Women in Agribusiness Summit

In the 1990s, Temple Grandin’s revolutionary cattle-handling system transformed the U.S. meat industry. Her continued work as an animal behavior consultant has spread to countries around the world and includes a broader range of livestock production facilities.

Today, Grandin works with agribusinesses, such as Cargill, on improving the quality of life for cattle. She has also addressed a larger issue within agribusiness and agriculture – consumer trust. She believes that companies across the agricultural value chain should adopt more transparent practices to earn consumer trust. Grandin will share her thoughts on that topic at the 2018 Women in Agribusiness Summit.

Launched in 2012, the Women in Agribusiness Summit is an annual event designed to help women learn about the industry outlooks and trends in an interactive and innovative forum, network with influential executives, and develop valuable professional skills.

“Our mission is to help all organizations understand the value of recruiting, retaining, and advancing women in agribusiness,” says Joy O’Shaughnessy, the managing director of the event.

Grandin will be joined at the summit by Jacqueline Applegate, who is the only woman on Bayer’s executive committee. Applegate’s keynote address will share the journey of her 25-year career as well as why she continues to be passionate about agriculture.

“We are honored to feature two such accomplished professionals, who are recognized globally for their achievements and perseverance in affecting positive change in the agricultural space,” says O’Shaughnessy. “They are examples of what is possible when one is passionate and determined, a testament to the qualities we see again and again in the attendees at our Women in Agribusiness Summit.”

The seventh annual summit will be held in Denver, Colorado, from September 24 to 26. More than 600 attendees are expected at the summit, representing as many as 39 states and more than 200 agricultural companies.

Go to to register. For a 10% discount off the $1,299 registration fee, use the code MAGRI2018.

Women in Agribusiness Session Topics

  • Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University: The Growing Needs for Transparency in Agriculture
  • Dr. Jacqueline Applegate, Crop Science, a Division of Bayer: How to Go ALL IN and Embrace Change in Agribusiness
  • Emma Weston, AgriDgital: Blockchain: What It Is and Why It Matters to You
  • Ag Innovation Hour
  • A Case Study in Marketing: Two Differing Approaches
  • Female Producers’ Panel: Viewpoint From the Farm
  • Hemp: Ag’s Emerging Protein Player
  • Rising Demand for Plant Protein
  • How Ag Is Being Digitized
  • Relationships at Work: Managing Up
  • Landing a Board Position
  • Privilege: The “Dirty” Work That Exists in Every Workplace
  • Big Data and Consumer Tracking
  • NAFTA Update and Forecast
  • Origin Green: A Sustainability Success Story

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