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In the Press: WIA Summit 2020

HighQuest Group hosts several major agricultural conferences a year, including the Women in Agribusiness Summit series, the Global AgInvesting series, AgTech Nexus series, and the Organic & Non-GMO Forum.

Please see the links below for a sampling of the media coverage of the 9th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, which due to travel and health restrictions from a global pandemic, was our first virtual conference (though originally planned to be in Nashville). The event, which took place 16-18 September, attracted nearly 700 attendees from 42 U.S. states and nine countries. Attendees enjoyed presentations on current topics, such as Projecting the ‘New Normal’ for Agribusiness, Financing Agribusiness Through an Economic Recession, and Accelerating Trust in a Sustainable Future for Agri-Food.

Additionally, hours of networking and roundtable discussions were offered, not to mention numerous special activities, such as a virtual dairy farm tour, the annual Women in Protein gathering, a WIA Members-only night, and a chance to screen the film: From Farms to Incubators: Telling the Stories of Minority Women Entrepreneurs in the Salinas Valley and Beyond, which was produced by Amy Wu, one of the 2020 Demeter Award of Excellence recipients.

To note, since the WIA Summit was held virtually, the opportunity is still available to register to listen to all of the recorded sessions, get access to the attendee list, and partake in online messaging, which is available for a whole year!


October 27 -- COVID-19 opens opportunities for ag industry, by Susan Reidy, World Grain


September 22 -- WIA: commodities see ups, downs as pandemic continues, by Susan Reidy, World Grain

September 21 -- How agriculture adapts in the digital age, by Megan Schilling, Successful Farming

September 18 -- Bustos says addressing FSA cohesion would take "comprehensive approach", by Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News

September 18 -- Smithfield official details impact of COVID-19 on processing sector, by Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News

September 17 -- CHS sees comfortably good-sized crops for farmers in the U.S., by Isis Almeida, Bloomberg (*this article is not available on the web so please see brief below)

September 17 -- Direct and indirect impacts to agriculture in post-COVID "new normal", by Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News

September 17 -- Green new deal could destroy Iowa's agriculture: Sen Ernst, by Justina Vasquez, Bloomberg (**this article is not available on the web so please see brief below)

September 17 -- Ernst says odds are against COVID ag aid before November election, by Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News

September 15 -- USB CEO to speak at Women in Agribusiness Virtual Summit, United Soybean Association website

September 6 -- Award recognizes Amy Wu, chronicler of women in agtech, by Chris Koger, The Packer

September 3 -- Women in Ag to hold virtual summit, Feed & Grain website

September 1 -- An interview with WIA Summit event director Joy O'Shaughnessy, with Janet Atkinson of RFD-TV


August 27 -- Women in Agribusiness announces 2020 Demeter Award recipients, appeared in Agrimarketing, Farm Progress, World Grain, Feed & Grain, Growing America, Horti Daily, and more.

JULY 2020

APRIL 2020

April 10 -- Great women who are leading agriculture groups in the U.S., by Markie Hageman, AgDaily

MARCH 2020

March 10 -- From the Editor: Narrowing the gender gap in agribusiness, by Arvin Donley, World Grain


*CHS Sees Comfortably Good-Sized Crops for Farmers in the U.S.

2020-09-17 18:16:15.781 GMT

By Isis Almeida

(Bloomberg) -- While recent events may have taken the top

off projected yields, there’s still a good crop out there right

now, Megan Schmit, director of grain origination at CHS Inc.,

says at Women in Agribusiness virtual event.

* Pre-harvest rally is a good opportunity for farmers to sell

* Schmit says if she had been asked three months ago where

prices would be now, $10 soybeans would not have been her answer

* NOTE: CHS is America’s largest farm cooperative

**Green New Deal Could Destroy Iowa’s Agriculture: Sen. Ernst

2020-09-17 22:08:17.605 GMT

By Justina Vasquez

(Bloomberg) -- “My great fear is that if we were to pass a

bill like the green new deal it would be so heavy-handed that it

would destroy agriculture across the state of Iowa,” Senator

Joni Ernst of Iowa says at the Women in Agribusiness virtual

conference Thursday.

* “They don’t recognize in that piece of legislation the brave

work that our farmers are already doing to maintain our soils,

our air and our water”

* On climate, Cheri Bustos, a representative from Illinois, says

farmers ought to have a “seat at the table” to help improve

carbon emissions, soil health and other factors of climate


* NOTE: The green new deal seeks to create policy around the

promotion of clean sources of energy


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