Make plans now to attend the annual Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman on Oct. 1-3.

This year’s conference theme is Salute to Agriculture and is packed with speakers that will deliver information on today’s most relevant agricultural topics: Ag lending, markets and trade, hemp production, ag research, and beef cattle production.

The Women in Business panel will feature LeVonne Stucky, The Wool Mill; Nikki Edmundson, Canty Boots; and Veronnaka Evenson, Swanky Roots. Attendees will hear from Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Montana State University’s vice president, dean and director, for the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

The conference will also feature Montana State University specialists providing short talks on small-scale, high value fruit production, strong people and strong bones, mental health programming in Montana, and beef cattle production.

Attendees will have plenty of time to network at a no-host social on Tuesday evening and a Bingo night on Wednesday. Trade show vendors will also have plenty of great items for shopping fun.

Judy Wagner, vice president of marketing and communications for Montana Silversmiths will close the conference with an inspirational message for meeting attendees.

Registration for the conference is $70 prior to Sept. 16 and $90 after that date. A one-day registration is available for $50. Registration information and a full agenda can be found on the Women Stepping Forward for Ag website at womensteppingforward.org. Special room rates are available at the SpringHill Suites and RSVP Motel in Bozeman until Aug. 1. Ask for the Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture rate when booking a room.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a silent auction item or a door prize from their local area. Auction proceeds are used to support future conferences. Exhibit space is also space available.

For more information, contact Heidi Brewer, conference co-chairperson, at 406-539-0113, email womensteppingforwardmt@gmail.com, visit the Women Stepping Forward for Ag website at womensteppingforward.org, or follow on Facebook @womensteppingforward.

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