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Four U.S. Ag Commissioners to Open Women in Agribusiness Summit

Four of the 14 women who serve as U.S. commissioners of agriculture will be featured in the opening day keynote panel at this fall’s Women in Agribusiness Summit (WIA). The discussion will focus on the agricultural goals and priorities in each of the panelists’ states, as well as upcoming challenges and opportunities across ag.

The panelists include:

The session will be moderated by Nicole Hancock, managing partner at Stoel Rives’ Boise office. Hancock is a trial attorney who focuses on business litigation in federal and state court and serves the agribusiness, food & beverage, and winery industries.

“We are excited to bring these women leaders’ voices to the WIA Summit to highlight their leadership and vision for their states, as well as offer their perspectives on the unique challenges faced in their districts and the industry itself,” says Hancock.

Women leadership in agriculture is on the rise in state ag departments, which saw its first female commissioner in 1986, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), who also noted that this year, there are eight new ag commissioners who are women.

“When I started [as CEO of NASDA] in 2014, we had six women serving in these roles, so in five years, we have more than doubled the number of women in these positions,” said Dr. Barbara Glenn, NASDA CEO, in a recent interview for the Women in Agribusiness Quarterly Journal. “These women public servants are critical messengers in sharing the story of our diverse agricultural system in the states. They are filling the gap to instill shared values about food and agriculture.”

About Women in Agribusiness

The eighth annual Women in Agribusiness Summit will host hundreds of executive-level women who are passionate about agribusiness and the crucial need to recruit, retain and advance women in the industry. The WIA Summit offers opportunities to network with executives, learn about current events, industry outlooks, and trends, and to develop valuable skills for professional development.

This year’s summit will be hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from September 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency. Go to to register.

In addition to tours, roundtable discussions, an innovation hour, and a women-owned business expo, the Women in Agribusiness session topics include:

  • Transitioning to the Front Lines of Leadership
  • Understanding DNA: Plants, Soil, and People
  • Female Producers’ Panel
  • Sustainability: Programs in Progress
  • Preparing Producers for Recession
  • What Happened This Spring? Evaluating Climate Risk in 2019 and Beyond
  • Why Product Trends Matter
  • Innovations in Fertilizer
  • A Dynamic Approach to Commodity Risk Management
  • The Economic and Reputation Impact of a Recall
  • American Commodities in China (Soybeans, Pork & Corn)
  • The Hunger vs. Obesity Paradox
  • Agriculture and Traceability in the Age of Supply Chain Digitization
  • Design Thinking
  • Building a Bridge Over Troubled Water – Managing Workplace Stress
  • Don’t Split the Difference – Negotiation Skill for Professionals
  • Demonstrating Employability Skills Employers Think You Lack
  • Transforming the Workplace

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