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2021 MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 - 8:00am to 11:30am
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The MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference will celebrate 20 years in 2021. And while we cannot celebrate together we did not want to miss an opportunity to meet.

The conference will be held through the zoom platform on Friday February 12, 2021 from 8:00am to 11:30am. We are excited to announce nationally known agriculture advocate Michele Payn. We will have some time for breakout sessions to network and close with our own Susan Truehart Garey with her experience as a Nuffield International Farming Scholar!



February 12, 2021

8:00am- Coffee Half Hour and Technical Check Up

8:30am- Welcome- Jenny Rhodes & Shannon Dill, University of Maryland

Tracy Wootten & Laurie Wolinski, University of Delaware

9:00am- Michele Payn, Celebrating the Resiliency of Agriculture- Celebrate the people, promise, and passion of agriculture Michele Payn. She sheds light on food, mental health, and agriculture issues- and what they mean during and after COVID-19. Michele will help you bring hope, healing, and humor to address the stress of ag folks.

Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for global agriculture - and antagonizing people into action. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for agriculture education and founded AgChat and FoodChat on Twitter. She is the author of three books: Food Bullying, an IPPY gold medal winner; Food Truths from Farm to Table, an IPPY bronze medal winner; and No More Food Fights!. She also hosts the Food Bullying podcast. Michele's degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her 'city slicker' husband and cow-loving daughter on a small farm in central Indiana. She enjoys Registered Holsteins, the MSU Spartans, and making memories with friends around the table. Michele connects conversations around the food plate at and socially through @mpaynspeaker.

10:00am- Break

10:15am- Break Out Sessions- time to network and catch up, discussion items from keynote.

10:30am- Susan Truehart Garey- Kent County Extension Director & Extension Agent- Animal Science and State 4-H Animal Science Program Coordinator

Susan Truehart Garey, animal science agent with University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, became the second UD staff member named as a Nuffield International Farming Scholar. Garey is a 1998 graduate of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Garey has spent 18 to 20 months networking with other scholars, traveling internationally, conducting research and sharing academic scholarship on her chosen topic. The Nuffield International Farming Scholar is a competitive program that began in 2014 as an expansion of the original 1947 Nuffield Farmers Program. The program originated as a vision of British automaker William Morris, Lord Nuffield. He understood the value of global education exchange, and his initiatives continue to encourage and promote global learning and leadership in agriculture.

11:00am- Wrap up and door prizes!

Shannon Dill
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