Seven women seeking to learn how to become more involved in farm education and advocacy in their communities will travel to Arizona next week for the 2011 NAWG Women’s Leadership Class.
The program is put on by the NAWG Foundation and Syngenta, as part of Syngenta’s Leadership at Its Best program. Members of American Agri-Women will join the wheat grower representatives.
Like past programs, the training will be a mix of leadership and communications training. This year’s event will focus on communications styles, organizational development, talking to the media and using new and social media outlets.
The wheat grower participants will also spend time learning about NAWG’s key issues on Capitol Hill and how those are affected by the agriculture industry’s public outreach.
The 2011 training class will include:
- Kristi Hamilton, Ririe, Idaho;
- Betsy Jensen, Stephen, Minn.;
- Laura Knoth, Eastwood, Ky. and the executive director of the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association;
- Betty Marguth, Junction City, Ore.;
- Loree Morgan, Great Falls, Mont., and bookkeeper for the Montana Grain Growers Association;
- LeeAnn Reid, Roggen, Colo.; and
- Amanda Stierwalt, Oklahoma City, Okla., and the marketing and communications director for the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
The participants in this year’s program will be joined for their activities by NAWG First Vice President Erik Younggren and NAWG CEO Dana Peterson.
The Women’s training program is held every other year, with Syngenta sponsoring training for NAWG’s state executives in intervening years.