Championing agriculture and sharing stories of the South will fuse to fashion a first-rate Women’s Leadership Conference in Birmingham April 4-5, said the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Kim Ramsey.
Held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel, the annual conference educates hundreds of women representing counties across Alabama.
“Women play a key role in agriculture, and our goal is to prepare them to educate others and serve their communities,” said Ramsey, the Federation’s Women’s Division director. “Our conference is a great way for these ladies to network, share ideas and enjoy time away from the farm.”
Registration accompanies two favorite pastimes — complimentary massage therapy and shopping with jewelry, clothes and home décor vendors. Pop tabs will also be collected to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Humorist Lisa Smartt will share stories and valuable lessons on the love of encouraging people during the first evening’s keynote address. The Tennessean travels nationally as a motivational speaker in addition to writing a weekly newspaper column, “The Smartt View.” Learn more at LisaSmartt.com.
A legislative update kicks off Day 2, followed by a trio of workshops. Author Michele Payn will teach ag advocacy tips; Viking Cooking School Executive Chef Martha Foose will share recipes and tales of the South; and educators from Alexandria Elementary School will impart Ag in the Classroom wisdom.
The conference merges with the Alabama Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 5, where students will be recognized in poster, essay and multimedia contests and outstanding county Farm-City Committees will be recognized. Alabama’s 2018 Farm of Distinction will be announced.
Cruizin Keys Dueling Pianos will entertain attendees Thursday evening to close out the conference.
Register by March 2 at AlfaFarmers.org.