History of Nebraska WIA
Women in Agriculture evolved in 1985 from an idea and prayer. Jane Green and Deb Rood spent a winter presenting Managing for Tomorrow, a program for ag couples, when they noticed that women were eager students who wanted to learn more about management. Out of that came the idea for a farm and ranch management conference targeted toward women. That's when the prayer began. Deb Rood, Jane Green, Larry Bitney, Glennis McClure, and Pat Parmley combined their talents and passion for agriculture to create the first Women in Agriculture conference.
Women in Agriculture Founders
The first conference hosted ten workshops covering the topics of record keeping, selecting a lawyer, family communication, family finances, family wellness, marketing, financial statements, personality strengths, entering the job market, and home based businesses. They thought the conference would be successful if 75 women attended. Instead it had more than 200 ag women. Since that time Women in Ag has continued to grow and now approximately 400 women attend annually. The conference continues to be built on that same idea and prayer today.
The Women in Agriculture conference was the groundbreaking program recognizing the management role women play in their operations. From that program has come the Women in Ag Marketing Curriculum (1998), Decisions Now, Returning to the Farm, Marketing Blue Print, Risk Management Clubs, and various one day marketing workshops.
Today the WIA Conference averages over 325 attendees each year, many from other states. The Conference has also been the inspiration for programs in other regions of the country. The current program coordinator is Cheryl Griffith.
Mission & Vision
To educate women involved in agriculture on relevant business management skills.
The Women in Agriculture program is committed to providing educational opportunities for all Nebraska women interested in developing management skills in every facet of agriculture by providing leadership, learning experiences, support, and networking avenues to empower women to compete and survive in this challenging and complex industry.
UNL Women in Agriculture is a project of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. It is housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics at University of Nebraska--Lincoln.