Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference 2023

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Date: February 23-24, 2023

Location: Holiday Inn Convention Center
Kearney, NE

Register here.

See Registration Options
  • Two-Day Registration: $150 by February 8, $175 after February 8.
  • One-Day only (Thursday or Friday): $90
  •  Pre-Conference QuickBooks Online  (Wednesday)  $100
  • Pre-Conference QuickBooks Online for Direct to Consumer (Thursday) $50

The Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is an annual two-day event designed to educate and uplift women involved in any aspect of Nebraska's agricultural industry. Through workshops and presentations, attendees will learn how to better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches and become more successful operators and business partners.  New this year, we will be offering a Pre-Conference!  See details below.  

This conference focuses on the five areas of agricultural risk management:






Hotel Information 

Reservations should be made directly with the Kearney Holiday Inn. Their special room rate is $114.95 per room + taxes. Ask for the "Nebraska Women in Ag" rate when you make your reservation. The hotel is holding a block of rooms until January 23 for the Women in Agriculture Conference.

Phone: 308-237-5971
Address: 110 Second Ave., Kearney, NE 68848.
Located north of I-80 at Kearney Exit 272

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled by February 19.

50% refund if canceled by February 21.

No refund if canceled by February 23.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

The 2023 Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will be offering Veterinary Medicine and Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education (CE) Credits to eligible participants. Five workshops are eligible for Veterinary Medicine credits and 13 workshops are eligible for Certified Crop Advisors. See the agenda below for details.

Registration open HERE on January 3rd. 

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Pre-Conference Workshop Agenda: Quickbooks Online

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023

Quickbooks Online

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: What is Quickbooks Online?

  • Subscription
  • Account & Settings
  • Chart of Accounts

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

  • Banking (Sync, Receipts: Online File Cabinet)
  • Sales (Invoices)
  • Expenses

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Features of the Quickbooks Online App
  • Reports (Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet)
  • Participant Handout

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

Quickbooks Online Training for Direct-to-Consumer Businesses

7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

  • Banking (Syncing App Transactions)
  • Sales (Invoices, Quickbooks Payments, Products/Services)
  • Integration with Square and Shopify
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Participant Handout


  NOTE: Meals will NOT be provided during Pre-Conference. NO outside beverages or drinks are allowed in the Holiday Inn Conference Center!

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Mary Faber, Pre-Conference Workshop Instructor

Mary Faber serves small businesses all over the U.S. from her farm in rural Illinois. She brings experience and knowledge from 10 years of experience as a former controller for an ag cooperative, where she oversaw a portfolio with more than $50 million in annual sales. She is a Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor and holds an MBA from Illinois State University.

See Agenda PDF Here.  Only 35 registration slots available!  

2023 Conference Agenda
All times Central.
See workshop descriptions here

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.: Welcome & Keynote, Kiah Twisselman Burchett
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Workshop Session 1
  • 12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.:  Lunch and Open for Business Panel
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.: Workshop Session 2
  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Break
  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Workshop Session 3
  • 4:30 p.m.: Social Hour Begins
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.: Dinner & Map of My Kingdom Play
  • 7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Optional Evening Sessions

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.: Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:05 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.: Morning Update & Keynote Speaker, Paul Stoddard
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Workshop Session 4
  • 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Break
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Workshop Session 5
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch & Closing Speaker, Anne Meis

2023 Keynote Speakers

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Kiah Twisselman Burchett

Rancher, San Luis Obispo, California

Kiah Twisselman Burchett is a rancher from California who is striving to inspire women to love themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally, something she struggled with for years. Her high energy and outlook on life will surely leave all those in attendance feeling empowered!

More about Kiah Twisselman Burchett

Kiah Twisselman Burchett, better known as Coach Kiah, is a California cattle rancher turned motivational speaker, life coach, and podcaster on a mission to empower others to love themselves deeper, care for themselves better, and find joy in this messy, beautiful journey of life. After battling with her own weight and body image from a young age, she embarked on her own personal health journey losing over 100 pounds, but more importantly, the mental weight she had been carrying with her for years. She is one of Cowgirl Magazine's Top 30 Under 30 for 2023 and her story has been shared in People Magazine, Good Morning America, the Kelly Clarkson Show, Women’s Health and more as she uses her story to empower others to be the main characters of their own.

One Act Play Presentation: "Map of My Kingdom"

"Map of My Kingdom" tackles the critical issue of land transition. The work was commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Mary Swander, a recent poet laureate of Iowa.

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Linsday Bauer, Actress

Lindsay Bauer is a Midwest-based actress and theatre educator. A former ensemble member of The SchoolHouse Company Theatre, Lindsay has worked with American Theater Company in Chicago as an After School Programs Coordinator, as Program Director of OCStages Orange City Youth Theatre and as Executive Director of the Orange City Arts. She is currently Executive Director of the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. She and her husband live in Fairfield, Iowa with their fourth grader, William, where they enjoy cooking, gardening and reading together.

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Mary Swander, Playwright

Will not be present at the WIA conference.

Mary Swander is the Executive Director of AgArts, a nonprofit designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts. She hosts the podcast “AgArts from Horse & Buggy Land” that highlights the Amish, sustainability and rural life. Her latest book is The Maverick M.D.: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Treatment for Cancer (New Spring Press).

More about Mary Swander

The Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame recognized Mary Swander recently by naming her as one of the four honorees for 2022.

Mary Swander is the Executive Director of AgArts, a nonprofit designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts. She hosts the podcast “AgArts from Horse & Buggy Land” that highlights the Amish, sustainability and rural life. Her latest book is The Maverick M.D.: Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez and His Fight for a New Treatment for Cancer (New Spring Press).

Swander has established residencies for artists on farms throughout Iowa and around the U.S., and she has hosted numerous international artists, touring them throughout the state.

The former Poet Laureate of Iowa, Swander is an award-winning author who has been given grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Whiting Foundation. She has published scores of books of poetry and nonfiction as well as essays, magazine articles, individual poems and radio commentaries in such places as National Public Radio, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, and Poetry Magazine. She is best known for her poetry book Driving the Body Back and for her memoirs Out of this World and The Desert Pilgrim.

An emerita Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Swander taught creative writing for thirty years at Iowa State University and was a visiting writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Alabama. She now gives online workshops on poetry, nonfiction and playwriting, as well as farmland transition, for other colleges and universities and nonprofit organizations. She received her own M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

The Artistic Director of Swander Woman Productions, Swander has performed her dramas from coast-to-coast in venues that include farmers’ barns to New York University, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, The Mayo Clinic, and the Idaho Wine Commission. Her touring productions are The Girls on the Roof, an adaptation of her poetry book with the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre; Vang, a play about recent immigrant farmers; Map of my Kingdom, a play about farmland transition; and Farm-to-Fork Tales, a storytelling performance.

Mary Swander also gives solo performances of her own work, playing the banjo, the harmonica and the spoons. She has dual U.S./Irish citizenship and has taught in Ireland many summers. The rest of the year, she lives in an old Amish one-room schoolhouse, raises goats and has a large organic garden where she grows most of her own food.


"Map of my Kingdom" One Act Play Trailer

In the play, character Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners have approached their land transitions. Some families struggled to resolve the sale or transfer of their land, dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused on keeping the land – and the family – together.

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Paul B. Stoddard

Senior Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

Paul Stoddard works in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He also operates an Ag real estate business and will give us the latest updates on regional, national, and international events and how it impacts our farm operation now and in the future.

More about Paul Stoddard

Paul Stoddard is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He teaches courses in Agricultural Marketing, Food and Agribusiness Management, Personal Financial Planning, Farm Management, and Negotiation.

Over 9,600 students have enrolled in Paul’s courses since 2001. He has received numerous teaching awards, was selected as a member of the ACES Academy of Teaching Excellence, and has been recognized for 39 consecutive semesters on the U of I’s List of Teachers Ranked Excellent.

Paul joined the University of Illinois fulltime in 2012 following a 30-year career in agricultural real estate, commodity trading, farm management, and agricultural lending. He spent 14 years with Farm Credit Illinois, most recently serving as Chief Appraiser. In addition to his academic duties, Paul operates a consulting, brokerage, management, and appraisal business specializing in agricultural real estate. He also provides Hedging & Options Training within the Farm Credit System. Paul is a resident of Monticello, Illinois where he grew up on the family farm. He has served as both Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape national leadership program and Mentor for the Illinois Leadership Center.

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Anne Meis

Farmer, Elgin, Nebraska

Anne Meis is a farmer from Elgin, Nebraska. Previously serving as the chair for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Anne was involved in constructing the Decade of Ag vision statement. She is also currently Treasurer with the Nebraska Soybean Board.

More about Anne Meis

Anne Meis along with her husband Jim operate a family farm near Elgin, Nebraska, growing corn, soybeans, and raising beef cattle. Farming has always been a way of life for Anne as she grew up on a family pig farm where daily hog chores were a way of life. After graduating from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, Anne taught various grades and subjects providing off farm income. Eventually Anne returned full time to the farm as the operation added land, irrigation, buildings, grain bins, and livestock over the last 30 years while always striving to increase soil health, conserve water, and be good stewards of the land, and practice quality livestock care. Anne and Jim are proud parents of three children who are all involved in agriculture. Their daughter Justine and son-in-law Nathan have blessed them with two grandchildren. Anne now serves as Chairwoman of US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and Nebraska Soybean Board Treasurer. Anne hopes her leadership role in USFRA will help bring increased trust in farmers and modern farming by partnering with companies and organizations through the entire value chain. Through these partnerships, Honor the Harvest Forum and Decade of Ag Vision can elevate a united voice of agriculture toward climate solutions while growing healthy food in a sustainable way.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2020-70028-32728.