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February 17, 2014   Email to Friend 

Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
February 17, 2014

Politics, agriculture, food and fellowship are the key points of focus for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Conference, scheduled for April 2-4 in Birmingham. Interested attendees are encouraged to register by Feb. 28 for the event, which again returns to the Hyatt Regency in Birmingham.

“The State Women’s Leadership Committee has planned an exciting conference this year,” said Alabama Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Division Director Kim Ramsey. “With a variety of speakers, exhibits, hands-on workshops and programs, there’s something for everyone at this event. Attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase items from on-site vendors.”

Registration for the event opens at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, and county pop tab collections for the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham can be turned in at this time. At the evening’s opening banquet, attendees will hear from Federation President Jimmy Parnell, American Farm Bureau Federation’s Southern Region Representative Denise Hymel and keynote speaker Teresa Scanlan. Scanlan was crowned Miss America in 2011, is an advocate for agriculture and continues to work with The Hand That Feeds U.S. organization, an educational resource for urban media on the importance of U.S. agriculture to the security and future of the country. 

Thursday’s program begins with breakfast at 7 a.m., where attendees will receive legislative updates from Brian Hardin, Mitt Walker and Beth Chapman of the Federation’s Governmental & Agricultural Programs staff. Workshops led by Southern Plate author Christy Jordan, Birmingham-based professional organizer Ruthann Betz Essinger and retired educator Dewandee Neyman round out the morning’s agenda. Before embarking on a few hours of free time, conference participants will join Federation members, educators and students at the annual Farm-City Awards program.

“The Farm-City Awards Luncheon will serve as one of the highlights during the Women’s Leadership Conference,” Ramsey added. “Watching the state’s youth display their appreciation for agriculture is heartwarming and something our committee members look forward to each year. Oustandng Farm-City committees from across the state will also be recognized during the program.”

The Women’s Leadership Conference concludes Thursday evening with a special performance by Sweet Adelines, a collection of female singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony. 

Registration is $175 per attendee, with rooms rated at $170 per night. Registration fees increase to $200 if received after Feb. 28. To view a detailed agenda, hotel information or register for the conference, visit http://events.signup4.com/2014WomensConf.  Special registration requests should be directed to Event Manager Brittany Daniel at (334) 613-4750.

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