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Women’s ag gathering: Billings, Sept. 11-12

The 2015 Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference will be Sept. 11-12 at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana. The event, held annually since 2001, is one of the largest women’s agricultural conferences in the region.

The conference provides women the opportunity to learn about current events and agricultural issues, network with other women involved in agriculture, and focus on leadership development. The mission of the Women Stepping forward for Agriculture symposium is to, “empower women involved in all sectors of agriculture through education, collaboration, and networking, to ensure the success of farming and ranching across the region.”

This year the conference will feature two nationally recognized speakers. Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer Inc., will discuss her use of photography to update the image of agriculture to include women. She will also provide a session on the use of social media and photography to tell the story of agriculture. Additionally, Renea Heinrich from MorganMyers, a strategic communications firm, will teach attendees how to become a better ambassador for agriculture by changing the conversation. Other conference topics and events include: how to write a business plan, handing down your farm or ranch, sustainability and marketing, a cooking demo, an economic outlook for ag commodities, a women in business panel, and much more. The event will close Saturday evening with the “Kick off your boots and paint a while” event, led by Canvas Creek Team Building of Billings, and each attendee will leave with their own unique work of art.

Early registration is $70 (must be postmarked by Sept. 1), and late or on-site registration is $80. A block of rooms is reserved until August 30th under “Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture” at the Big Horn Resort 406-839-9300 and the group rate is $83 (single) or $96 (double).

For more information, a full conference agenda, or to register online, visit our website at: http://www.womensteppingforward.org. You can also contact Tara Becken at 406-930-4205 or Whitney Klasna at 406-951-0538, or send an email to


– Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture