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Krysta Harden was one of several speakers at the Advancing Women Conference who urged attendees to take a leadership role, whether on the farm, in their community, or on the boards of farm organizations.

Jump in: Ag needs more women leaders

Attendees at Advancing Women Conference told their voices are needed — 
and they need to encourage each other to speak up

Women are still a minority in farming but they can — and should — play a leading role. That was a recurring theme at this year’s Advancing Women Conference, where attendees were told their leadership and communication skills are badly needed. “Women’s voices are needed, that’s my underlying message — your hard work, your commitment, […] Read more

The four factors that are changing agriculture

Don’t look back, the world is changing far too fast, says an American author and farmer

If you’re not ready to adapt and communicate with the public, you could lose your place in agriculture. “In agriculture, we tend to hang on to the best of the past,” said Jolene Brown, farmer, author and well-known speaker. “You’ve all heard the phrase, ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you will get […] Read more


Dianne Finstad hosts the Women Talk panel. Left to right: Sandy Hansen-Wolff, Elysia Vandenhurk, 
Natasha Vandenhurk, Leona Dargis and Jennifer Christie. 

A ‘celebration’ of women in agriculture

About 560 women — two-thirds of them farmers — attended the Advancing Women conference

They came from every province in Canada and five American states. They cheered, laughed, cried, tweeted, talked and networked. About 560 women — two-thirds of them farmers — filled the banquet halls of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Advancing Women conference at the end of March. Now in its third year, the two-day conference […] Read more

Talent, not gender, is what matters in today’s agriculture

Whether running farms or taking a leadership role in ag businesses, 
women are breaking down the gender barrier


Agriculture may be considered a male-dominated industry, but more women are not only recognizing the many opportunities in this sector, they are also taking on leadership roles. Gone are the days when farming meant back-breaking physical labour. As well, the trend towards larger farm operations has meant a need for different skills and capabilities, including […] Read more