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Annual Conference

2024 Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference
Join us April 1 & 2 in Hot Springs!
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Keynote Speakers

ASHLEY MACHADO

MONDAY, APRIL 1

BIO

Ashley Machado is a TEDx speaker, counselor, and was nominated as a 2023 FFA Change Maker. She is rethinking the way we support Mental health in the food and ag space by sharing tangible tools and simple strategies. In 2022, Ashley founded M Well, a mental health consulting firm that provides trainings, coaching and wellness plans for ag families and businesses alike. Ashley grew up in the dairy industry and now farms and ranches with her family in California’s Central Valley. She has her BA in human development and masters in social work with an emphasis in clinical mental health. Her goal is for everyone in the rural, ag, and western space to have the tools they need in their mental health toolbox to operate and live life fully.

KYLIE EPPERSON

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

BIO

Kylie Epperson didn’t grow up on a farm, but as she puts it, she got there as fast as she could. Kylie began her farm life after marrying her husband, Jordan, a 4th generation, born and bred farmer. She and her husband own and operate a row crop operation, raising corn and soybeans, and an independent swine operation alongside Jordan’s family in Vandalia, Missouri. After returning to the farm, Kylie kept the books as one of her many “other duties, as required” pieces of her farm wife job description. Kylie began her social media journey after a barn fire had a devastating impact on their operation. She realized people weren’t talking about hog production, and social media became an outlet for her to share more. What began as a small mission to tell their family’s story became a connection with consumers, especially moms, who wanted to be reassured that they could trust the safety of the food they put on their tables. Kylie now reaches more than 40 thousand people with her posts and reels by talking about her family’s way of life.

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What Our Members Say

“I believe that AWIA gives women from all branches of Ag, the opportunity to come together and advocate for our state’s largest industry. I believe that agriculture is the backbone of our nation, and that women play a major role.”

– Abby Clay

“Every year, the AWIA Conference gets better! The conference provided an excellent event packed with knowledge and expert speakers. While there is so much information to learn in the multiple sessions throughout the conference, it also allows excellent opportunities for networking with other women in ag. I would encourage any woman to attend the conference, even if they do not have an ag background. The conference provides important information for all to learn about agriculture, which affects everyone!”

– Allison Kline

“The conference is a great way of learning new farm tools and management techniques along with networking and building valuable relationships with other landowners, farmers and ranchers throughout the state.”

– Monica Paskewitz,
2017-2019 AWIA President

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Thank you to our sponsors!

How do I become an Arkansas Women in Agriculture member?2024-03-20T13:23:45-05:00

If you register for the Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference, you are automatically added to our membership. If you can not attend the conference but would like to take advantage of our membership, like virtual educational events and our newsletter, you can become a member here!

Why should I attend this conference?2024-03-20T13:21:35-05:00

The Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference is a perfect opportunity to connect and grow with other women from across the state of Arkansas who share your interests. Our membership is made up of farmers, ranchers, agriculture professionals, students studying ag, and more! We welcome any woman who has an interest in agriculture.

With five workshop sessions and two exciting keynote speakers, we’re sure you’ll leave our conference with a renewed excitement for our industry and many new friends.

How do I become a conference vendor or sponsor?2024-03-20T13:23:56-05:00

Conference vendors and sponsors can register online. Visit our registration website and then choose Vendor or Sponsor under registration options.

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