165 Norm Absjorson Hall Montana State University, Bozeman

9:00 am-4:00 pm. October 12th, 2019

9:00 –9:15 am

Welcoming remarks by Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Vice President and Dean, MSU College of Agriculture


9:15-10:30 am

Five Digital Stories, Women Lead Entrepreneurial and Visionary Agricultural Operations.  

Robin Kelson owner of The Good Seed Company, purveyor of heirloom seeds for common use; Brittany Masters co-founder of Roam Free bison ranch; Jenny Kahrl owner and manager of Montana Red Devon ranch; Anna Crabtree co-founder of Vilicus farm an organic, dryland crop farm; Jane Mangold and Lisa Rew professors at MSU Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science, rangeland and weed science; Evangeline Koonce filmmaker


10:30-11:00 am. Break and Networking. Photography exhibit on women in agriculture 


11:00 am -Noon.

Domestic and International Agriculture Policy. Keynote presentation by Dr. Vincent Smith, professor at MSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics


Noon-1:00 pm. Lunch (provided)


1:00-1:30 pm

Women in 21st Century Agriculture: Experiences of an online course: 21st Century Careers in Agriculture. Panelists: Heather Estrada, professor at Flathead Valley Community College; Lisa Rew, professor at MSU Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science; Jane Mangold, professor at MSU Department of Land Resources and Environmental Science; Courtney Mitchell and Gracelyn Abel, students at Flathead Valley Community College


1:30 - 2:30 pm

Stories from the Field, Women in Montana’s Agriculture. Opportunities and challenges in current agriculture, and the future of agriculture.  Panelists: Becky Weed, Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Company, a certified organic, predator friendly sheep ranch, as well as a small wool mill; Sue Brown, Amaltheia Organic Diary; Christina Angell, Root Cellar Foods, food processing plant


2:30-2:45 pm. Break andNetworking. Photography exhibit on women in agriculture  


2:45- 3:30 pm

Food access and Food security.  Panelists: Sloane Real Bird, Community Development Coordinator Big Horn Valley Heath Center; Jill Holder HRDC director of the Food and Nutrition Department Director; Mary Stein professor of the MSU Department of Human Health and Development.