ConVersation ~n~ ConServation
An evening once a year that includes good food, fun, education, and common ground amongst area ladies. The speakers and topics for the evening vary from year to year. Some years we have additional speakers come in and discuss a variety of topics to add a local touch to the night. we have had speakers talk about mental health and how it affects the community to discussing farm life and living in the rural Midwest. We have wonderful door prizes that are donated. We appreciate the generosity of aera businesses and residents. It is an event that must be 21 years old to attend and won’t want to miss!
2023 – Michelle Miller (Farm Babe)
2022- Katelyn Duban
Katelyn, born and raised in Southern Alberta, Canada married into agriculture in 2016. At the time, it was not her intention to be an active member of the farm but quickly found a passion for the farm life. Katelyn continues to develop her skills as a grain farmer on and off of the field. She found a love for livestock early on in her farming journey and has raised a variety of meat goats as well as bottle calves. As an avid podcast listener, Katelyn found herself searching for a podcast that shared the important roles women in agriculture provide for the industry. When she could not find a podcast that met her criteria she began working on her own. In the spring of 2019, she launched The Rural Woman Podcast. Since then, Katelyn has shared the stories of incredible women involved in all parts of agriculture from farming, ranching, homesteading, agribusiness, and beyond. With close to half a million downloads from 140+ countries around the world. Katelyn continues to share the importance of Women in Agriculture while sharing her own story through social media under the handle @WildRoseFarmer
2021 – Adreienne DeSutter & Cindy Lindvig-Getzlaff
Adrienne is part of her husband’s 4th generation family farm in Central Illinois. They farm corn and soybeans, with a small herd of cattle and a small herd of children. With a Master’s degree in Counseling (and a self-proclaimed Master’s in Farm Family Chaos), Adrienne recognized a need for mental health advocacy in agriculture, and began partnering with ag businesses and organizations to promote healthy minds and prevent farmer suicide. In addition to public speaking, she helps create and connect valuable ag mental health resources, writes a wellness column, and has been featured in articles, podcasts, and initiatives across the globe. She encourages a community approach to keeping farm families healthy, and works to break down mental health barriers and empower farmers through her social media presence @SowHopeGrowHope.
Cindy Lindvig-Getzlaff is a local gardener who has farm fresh produce during the gardening season and fresh eggs all year around. She also has salsa, juices, jellies, salts, and spices too!
On Ladies Ag Night she shared with us some of her secrets on gardening and canning.
2019 – Katie Pinke & Kyla Splichal
Katie Pinke is a 5th generation farmer, and her rural life is a catalyst to engage, enlighten, and empower. She shares reflex tweets, gritty blog posts, weekly columns, and mesmerizing North Dakota sunset snapshots from the prairie. She seizes every opportunity to talk about family, rural life, motherhood, career, and community, both online and offline.
Katie is an Agweek contributor, and you can read her columns here: https://www.agweek.com/opinion/
Kyla was the NDSU Horticulture Research Specialist here in Williams County at the NDSU Research Extension. She specializes in small fruit, flower, and vegetable research. She assisted in cropping system projects. During the evening, at the 2019 Ladies Ag Night, she guided the guests on a tour of the Williston NDSU Research Gardens and provided insight into the valuable research being conducted on-site.
2017 – SCD/NRCS
On November 29th we hosted the 2nd Annual Ladies Ag Night. This is an event put on by the Williams County Soil Conservation District to help promote and talk about agriculture in our community. Along with having good food and great company; we also had an educational PowerPoint Presentation that touched base on agriculture in our county, ways to improve soil health, the cost share services offered through the District and NRCS, and a look back through 2017 of all the major accomplishments and innovative changes made along the way.
Women of all ages braved the weather to partake in this fun filled rustic Christmas event. This event allows for a relaxing night to eat and socialize with fellow women either of the same background or with those of different backgrounds. A small Christmas game was played and in the end a door prize was given out to one lucky recipient. The 1st Annual Williams County Woman in Agriculture Award was presented to Tammy Muller for her hard work and dedication to putting conservation on the ground. Much fun was had by all, and their generous donations were given to the local food pantry.
2016 – Jessie Veeder
Jessie joined us for our very 1st Ladies Ag Night that was held as a Spring event in March. She is a singer, writer, and 5th generation rancher. She has a unique perspective on love for place, community, and how to tap into your passion to live a fulfilling life.