University of Maryland Extension

Annual Conference


February 12, 2020 - Preconference 

1pm - 5pm

Participants choose between two topics for an inter-active hands on workshop

(Option A) Mindfully Managing Stress and Building Farm and Farm Family Resilience 

Farm and farm families experience ordinary and extraordinary stress due to the nature of farm business.  Join us to explore tools you can use to identify your resilience factors and how they can be used to manage change and stress in your life. Discover some important information about the impact of stress on our bodies and then some strategies to reduce stress and bring mindfulness to you and your family’s life. Connect with others as we learn to adapt when life becomes overwhelming. 

(Option B) From Farm to Market: Tips and Tools for promoting, displaying and selling produce

Marketing to consumers is an important way to communicate your farms products, value and production methods. Join this interactive session to learn best practices in marketing to sell more at farmers' markets and farm stands.  Small group discussions and hands on activities such as sign-making and creating eye-catching displays will be part of this session.  Free resources will be distributed for use at markets and farm stands. The second half of the workshop will review popular social media platforms and trends to create content that will showcase your product and engage current and future customers. We will also look at some apps to enhance your photographs, and other cool, animated attention-getting mobile applications.

February 12, 2020 - Harness Racing Reception

6pm - 8pm

Stay Late, Come Early~

Included in the price of the Preconference Ticket OR the Main Conference Ticket you are invited to join us for our Harness Racing Reception.  Appetizers will be provided, with a cash bar available.  The event is free, but please RSVP by purchasing a "free" ticket below so that we have enough food for everyone!

Conference Schedule

Schedule of Events, 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference

February 12, 2020

12:30 p.m.

PreConference Check In

1:00  - 5:00 p.m.


(Option A) Mindfully Managing Stress and Building Farm and Farm Family Resilience 

(Option B) From Farm to Market: Tips and Tools for promoting, displaying and selling produce

6:00 - 8 p.m.

Harness Racing Reception

February 13, 2020

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Vendor  Setup/Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Check In/ Visit Vendor/ Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.


9:30 - 10 a.m.

Keynote Presenter

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Session 1

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Session 2

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Ready/Visit Vendor

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon Presenter

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Session 3

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Closing Presenter

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Door Prizes Survey

Conference Location and Room Reservations

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (external link)

1131 North Dupont Highway; DoverDelaware

If you plan  to stay overnight please make your reservations directily with Dover Downs.
WIA Special Guest Room Rate is $139.00
Room Reservations must be made by January 20, 2020 to receive the discounted rate
To receive the discounted rate contact Dover Down's Reservation Department:
866-473-7378 and Provide the Code "GWAG20"

February 13, 2020 - Main Conference

8:30am - 4:30p

About the Conference

Annual conference held in the MidAtlantic region to focus on the unique needs and interests of women in agriculture.

  • Half Day Preconference Workshop
  • 3 Keynote Presentations
  • 15 Breakout Sessions
  • 200 participants from 5 states
  • Exhibitors from around the region

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Opening:

Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Helaine Harris and Nancy Staisey

Keynote Lunch:

A Regional Aquaculture Story, Kelley Phillips Cox, Phillips Wharf

Keynote Closing: 

Connecting Agriculture and Community, Beth Brewster, Chesapeake Culinary

Breakout Sessions

Session 1:

Topic and Presenter


From Field to Mouth: Using your Forage Analysis for Optimum Nutrition , Dr. Amanda Grev and Dr. Sarah Potts, UMD


We Bring the Barnyard to Your Backyard, Ashley Winterstein, Party Animals LLC


Niche Crops: From Farm to Distribution, Roxanne Wolfe, Shore Gourmet


Farm Succession Basics, Paul Goeringer and Mayhah Suri, UMD


What’s in a Label? How to Communicate Quality and Value , Dr. Clinton Neill, VT

Session 2:

Topic and Presenter


Are Mid-Atlantic Farms Prepared for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule Inspections? Meredith Melendez, Rutgers


An On-Farm Processing Journey, Ali Dziedzinski, President of Hundred Acre Farms, LLC


Garden Smarter, Not Harder - Accessible Gardening, Karen Abate, Megan Pleasanton, Tracy Wootten, Delaware State and University of Delaware


Important Steps to Take When you have a Bad Year, Jennifer Feindt, Samantha Steele, and Stacie Warner, MidAtlantic Farm Credit  


Farm to School and Beyond, Aimee F. Beam, Delaware Department of Education

Session 3:

Topic and Presenter


Soil: Give your farm a Strong Foundation , Neith Little and Dr. Sarah Hirsh, UMD


Sustainable You:  Keeping Your Self Healthy and Bold , Phyllis Johnston, Every Body Yoga, RYS


Grow your Brand!,  Stacey Laine Photography


Tax Breaks and Best Practices for Agricultural Accounting, Lisa Hastings,  Faw Casson


Mooving Forward: A Delaware Dairy Story, Taylor Vanderwende and Morgan Messick Vanderwende



Are you interested in sponsoring for being a vendor for the conference? If so take a look at our sponsorship opporutnities.

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