This conference is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. USDA funding is provided for the scientific/education portion of the program.



2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference - Indianapolis, IN

April 2-3, 2014
Pre-Conference Seminar April 1, 2014

The 5th Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference will take place at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre.

This biennial conference features 3 keynote presentations, over 40 hours of individual concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and a pre-conference seminar.

The 2014 Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference will bring together private and public sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals to share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts directed toward women who are involved in production agriculture.  Conference participants will learn about educational efforts that assist women producers and their families in effectively managing financial, production, marketing, legal and human risks associated with their agribusinesses.

A Pre-Conference Seminar will be held on Tuesday afternoon, April 1st – Risk Management Education for Women in Agriculture: Lessons, Styles & Strategies.  The conference planning committee recognizes that there are many successful educational programs geared toward women involved in different aspects of agriculture.  This year’s Pre-Conference Seminar will focus on women’s learning styles, techniques for reaching women, common issues, and best strategies in programming for women in agriculture.

All Conference sessions will be held at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel.

Our conference continues to grow! Over 200 participants from a variety of educational institutions, agencies and other orgranizations attended the last Women in Agriculture Educators National Conference.


2014 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jason Henderson

Jason R. Henderson is Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension.

Prior to being named Director of Extension, Jason served as Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In that role, he served as the Bank’s regional economist and representative in the state of Nebraska, recruited and worked closely with the Branch's board of directors, and briefed the Kansas City Fed's president—a member of the Federal Open Market Committee—on economic and business activity in the state.

Jason is a nationally recognized expert in agricultural and rural issues. He has published more than 60 research articles in academic and Federal Reserve publications on topics such as land values, entrepreneurship, demographics, the growth of knowledge-based activity in rural America, the use of electronic commerce in agricultural industries, and the growth of value-added food manufacturing activity. Jason speaks frequently to a wide range of business, financial and policy audiences across the United States and internationally. His research on the agricultural and rural economy has been quoted by policy officials, researchers, and leading media outlets.

He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Central College in Pella, Iowa. Jason was raised on a family dairy farm in Northeast Iowa.

Celeste Settrini

Celeste Settrini is 4th generation on her family’s red Angus ranch located in the foothills of the Salinas Valley on the Central Coast of California. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University, Celeste majored in agribusiness marketing. She is also a graduate of the National Cattlemen’s Association Masters of Beef Advocacy and the American Agriwomen Masters of Agriculture programs, both for enriching agriculture knowledge and communication skills to better share information with consumers.

Celeste is the owner of CS Connections, a full service boutique graphic and communications agency focusing on agribusinesses and individuals who wish to showcase their passions through various channels of media. Her most noted clients include professional bullfighters, cattle ranches, auctioneers and numerous farming operations.  In addition Celeste encourages those in agriculture to “be the heroine, find out who you are, then go after it” as she speaks about agriculture and her personal experiences to various groups nationwide. Celeste also enjoys day to day activities as she partners alongside her family in their red Angus cow/calf ranch.

Dr. Ann Bartuska

Dr. Ann Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She comes to REE from the USDA Forest Service, where she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, a position she has held since January 2004. She recently served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January - October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative in the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.).

Dr. Bartuska currently co-chairs the Ecological Systems subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the White House National Science and Technology Council and also is co-chair of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences. She is active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as Vice-President for Public Affairs from 1996-1999 and as president from 2002-2003. She has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and is a member of AAAS and of the Society of American Foresters..