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What do chocolate, salad and $1.5 million have in common? They all will be given away at WIAS 2023

TOPSFIELD, Mass., August 8, 2023 – More than seven exciting special activities will round out the stellar content, networking and collaborative opportunities at the 12th annual Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit, which will be held this year in Nashville, September 26-28.

Complementing an industry-wide comprehensive agenda, which includes sessions such as “The Policy Landscape”, “The Power of Bio-based Crop Solutions”, “U.S. Farmland Values” and “Transformation in Transportation”, the special activities include tours, exclusive WIA MeetUps and skill-building workshops (note that all require additional registration and space is limited).

Adding to that lineup is The Radicle Inclusion Challenge Presented by Nutrien, which will be hosted in conjunction with the WIA Summit for the first time. The Inclusion Challenge was designed to reach food and agtech entrepreneurs who: identify as female and/or BIPOC, or are from groups historically underrepresented in agriculture, or are committed to diversity inclusion, while advancing a sustainable food value chain. Two winners, who will split the $1.5 million award, will be chosen from four panelists who will use this Pitch Day at WIA Summit to showcase their innovative agtech product or solution.

Earlier in the week, special activities include:

  • Members-only Night Out featuring live music and networking at the Listening Room Cafe.

  • Skill-based workshops: “Negotiate Like A Pro”, led by WIA Summit keynote speaker Meggie Palmer, founder and CEO of PepTalkHer. Palmer will share tactics for recording wins, approaching negotiations with confidence, stating your ask, and arriving at an outcome that is beneficial to all parties.

  • Additionally, for those interested in leveraging their messaging to the sector, there is a “Media Training: Connecting With Your Audience” workshop where participants will learn the best practices for outreach and how to book and nail an on-air interview. They also will be introduced to the assets needed to ensure people stay engaged, and gain an understanding of the best digital practices for connecting with an audience.

  • Tours of Taylor Farms, a state-of-the-art packaging plant in nearby Smyrna that prepares some of America's favorite salads and healthy, fresh foods. This behind the scenes look includes firsthand views of how they chop and package 7,500 cases of salad per day, and process over 30,000 fruit bowls a day.

  • Tours of the Hatcher Family Dairy Farm, an operation that spans over 500 acres and has been in business since 1831 through six generations. Located in College Grove, Tennessee, operations also include a veterinary clinic, a mobile vet service and a creamery.

  • Attendees can also make (and enjoy!) the official candy of Nashville – Goo Goo Clusters – in a hands-on class. Participants will learn about the history about this confection of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh-roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate, which was developed in 1912 and is said to represent the first time a candy bar consisted of more than just one principal ingredient.

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About Women in Agribusiness

Women in Agribusiness is a business unit of HighQuest Partners, a U.S.-based global agribusiness events and media firm. The Women in Agribusiness initiative took root in 2012, and now includes WIA Membership, WIA MeetUps, WIA Demeter Award of Excellence, Student Scholarships, WIA Career Connector, and the WIA Today blog. Learn more at


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