Conference2023-01-18T20:28:38+00:00

Annual Conference

Join us for the 2023 Arkansas Women in Agriculture Conference
on April 3 & 4 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

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Keynote Speakers

COACH KIAH

MONDAY, APRIL 3

BIO

Kiah Twisselman Burchett is on a mission to empower others to find JOY in their journey of living a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy life they love with a mindset-first approach. After battling with her own weight and body image from a young age, she embarked on her own personal health journey losing over 100 pounds, but more importantly, the mental weight she had been carrying with her for years. 

Her story has been shared in People Magazine, Good Morning America, the Kelly Clarkson Show, Women’s Health and countless more as she uses her struggles to give strength to others. 

Her superpower is vulnerability and authenticity with a western flair. Growing up as a 6th generation cattle rancher, she has a heart for rural America, the agriculture community, and western way of life. She loves public speaking, a good joke, kitchen dance parties, delicious food, cows (of course), traveling, and above all else, people.

KELLI PAYNE

TUESDAY, APRIL 4

BIO

Kelli Payne is a proud fifth-generation cow/calf producer from Mustang, Oklahoma. She’s passionate about assisting people in diversifying their operations as well as continuing to advance young leaders in expanding their knowledge of agriculture.

Choosing a random path through college, she took advantage of many internships in the agriculture industry before graduating with a degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University. Kelli served as an assistant to former Congressman Wes Watkins and as an Executive Director for several Main Street organizations in Oklahoma. This experience instilled a passion for both agritourism and economic development. She also previously served as President of the National Stockyards, being the first female to hold the position of president and only the sixth person in the 112-year history of the Stockyards. Kelli strives to share her personal story along with the beautiful heritage of agriculture’s role in Oklahoma City’s history.

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Hotel Hot Springs is the official hotel for the 2023 conference. Book by March 15 to receive special pricing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a conference vendor or sponsor?2022-12-14T15:28:28+00:00

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

Why should I attend this conference?2022-01-07T20:43:41+00:00

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 an Arkansas Women in Agriculture member?2022-12-06T19:12:43+00:00

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!

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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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