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Animal Disease Crisis Prep, U.S. Ag Policy and More at WIA Summit

DENVER, Colo., June 25, 2024 – The 2024 Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit will tackle the critical ag news making headlines – animal disease, ag’s role in decarbonization, meeting global protein demand and more – at its 13th annual Summit here this year in Denver, September 24-26.


Relevant to the trending discussions and due diligence in preparedness from producers across the country seeking to contain the recent spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, the WIA Summit will present a dynamic session on the ongoing efforts to fortify producers and regional ag economies against these crises to ensure a resilient food supply. Leading this discussion will be Tommy Bass of Montana State University, who has decades of experience in environmental management, emergency management, and local and niche supply chain performance, all focused on animal agriculture.


In keeping with animal ag, the event will delve into the demand trends, trade implications, and notable impacts in the U.S. animal protein industry. Bridging that discussion will be those on sustainability – for building out programs and keeping current with sustainability regulations – with speakers Nicole Ayache of the National Milk Producers Federation and Samantha Buchalter of The Russell Group, respectively. 


Communicating in and through crisis situations will also be addressed and presented by key PR and media experts in ag – Sarah Hatch of Wells Fargo, Michele Murray of Ketchum and Cassidy Walter of Successful Farming. These pros will speak to fostering relationships between journalists and agribusinesses, preserving corporate reputation and amplifying PR impact.


More than 800 attendees are expected to attend this year’s WIA Summit to gain knowledge, network growth and memorable experiences during the three-day event. Interspersed with female agribusiness professionals from across the sector – from finance, marketing, risk management and more, and including executive and middle management and those new to ag – the Summit is known for its unparalleled networking and spot-on content and workshops, enhanced by engaging special activities.


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Women in Agribusiness seeks to lead the growth in global female agribusiness leadership with a platform that encourages collaboration for overall innovation and development. WIA initiatives now include the WIA Today blog, WIA Membership, WIA MeetUps, WIA Demeter Award of Excellence, Student Scholarships and the WIA Career Connector. Learn more at


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Women in Agribusiness





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