9/16/13 - 9/18/13 Farmington, Mo “Women In Ag Down Under”
This is the 19th Annual Women In Agriculture Conference.
The conference is hosted in various locations in Missouri every year.
The torch was passed to Northeast Missouri for the 2014 Conference.
Monday kicked off with vendors, silent auction and a lovely Hospitality Room then a wonderful Opening Ceremony began with the Flag presentation by the Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard and Alayna Berry sang the National Anthem. Ladies were able to enjoy workshops on Backyard Beekeeping by Gregg Hitchings (to which we had a bee keep joining us for the presentation), Using Fresh Greens & Fence Row Finds to Decorate or the Christmas Holidays by Teresa Meier and there was a wonderful presentation given on Pumpkins, Squash & Gourds by Katie Kammler from the University of Missouri Extension Ste. Genevieve Office. The evening banquet speaker was Susie O, motivational speaker & humorist, followed by the Lady Landowner award presentation to Cindy Faulkner, New Madrid .
On Tuesday all the ladies loaded onto 3 tour buses to begin the adventure to visit the St Joe Mine Museum and ladies were able to take a boat tour in the Bonne Terre flooded mine. The luncheon was hosted at the Twin Oak Winery by Thee Abbey Kitchen. Time was allowed for the ladies to traipse around the vineyard and pick some grapes fresh from the vines. Last stop on the tour gave way to awe as the Paso Fino’s displayed their fine and fancy footwork at Hacienda de Molinero Equestrian Center. For the evening ladies had the opportunity to visit downtown Farmington. Several merchants choose to stay open late so all the ladies from various areas of Missouri could visit their shops. And as always the fabulous Hospitality Room was open for the ladies. Evening entertainment was provided by Good Time Oldies Band.
On Wednesday the Closing Ceremony kicked off the committee thanking everyone for attending the WIA Conference and a presentation was given by Gary Wheeler, Missouri Corn Growers Association. The closing ended with Liz Brown, WIA State Committee Member and former Soil & Water Districts Commissioner, passing the torch to the Northeast Region for 2014, then Liz was recognized for all that she has contributed to Women In Agriculture for 19 years. Liz has been in attendance since day one.