Stretch Your Business Wings In Chicago

October 28, 2017 11:17 AM

Looking for a way to spend quality time with friends on downtown Chicago’s Magnificent Mile while soaking up farm business management education? If so, then attend the Executive Women in Agriculture (EWA) conference happening Nov. 29–Dec. 1.

Women are an important thread in the fabric of American agriculture. Today, women make up more than 30% of U.S. farm operators. More young women are returning to the farm to manage human resources, financial reporting, recordkeeping, production and technology.

Network And Play. Join more than 250 women from around the country for the event at the historic Palmer House Hilton. Now in its seventh year, EWA draws producers and agribusiness professionals from 28 states and Canada.

You’ll experience dynamic keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions, as well as networking opportunities for women farm owners and operators from around the country. The Palmer House is located right off of Michigan Avenue, and its history is as fascinating as its ornate architecture. The hotel is just a short distance from popular venues such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium

Park and Chicago’s acclaimed State Street shopping district.

This year’s conference kicks off at 2 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Nov. 29 and runs through 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Early bird registration is available at a rate of $280 through Nov. 15. The standard rate is $355. Students can register for $195.

Learn To Fly. Keynote speaker Steph Davis is a classically trained pianist with a master’s degree in literature. She became the first woman to free climb the Salathe Wall on El Capitan, a storied 3,000-ft. rock wall in California’s Yosemite National Park. Davis will inspire you to achieve greatness.

A live taping of “U.S. Farm Report” will feature Naomi Blohm of Stewart-Peterson, Julianne Johnston of Pro Farmer and Angie Setzer of Citizens LLC. To register, visit

Education for Executives

The 2018 Top Producer Seminar will take place Jan. 23–26 in Chicago. Join more than 800 farm executives from the U.S. and Canada to discover business opportunities, gain invaluable insights and increase your competitive advantage at this annual business conference. During these few short days, you will hear from nearly 30 challenging and inspiring speakers. Here are just a few speakers lined up for the event. To register, visit

Chris Koch: Athlete, adventurer, farmer. This year’s keynote speaker will inspire you and reignite your belief that anything is possible with vision and hard work.

Brian Dodge: Dodge Development president, executive coach and business consultant. Negotiation is an exchange of satisfactions, but how do you develop a win-win climate while negotiating? Brian Dodge will teach you the keys to successful negotiation based on his 27 years of experience.

Eric Snodgrass: University of Illinois professor, Agrible co-founder and senior atmospheric scientist. Each year, Eric Snodgrass guides more than 1,500 students through the wild side of weather. He’ll show you how to access and use the latest weather forecasting technologies and provide numerous free resources for weather analysis and forecasting.  —Sara Schafer

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