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Women in Ag Track

Women in Ag is one of the newest addition to the outstanding program planned for the 2019 Expo.  Women in agriculture have made significant contributions to making agriculture the number one industry in South Carolina. Make plans to attend and be a part of this fast growing population of leaders standing for all things AGRICULTURE.


 
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Annie’s Project is proud to be a sponsor of the women’s track. Led by Jennifer Boyles, Clemson Extension, Annie’s Project Coordinator

Annie’s Project is a national risk management education program for women in agriculture and has been conducted in South Carolina since 2012. The program offers an opportunity to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and continue to build a network of educated and empowered women in agriculture.

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Jennifer Boyles, SC Annie’s Project Coordinator, Clemson University

Jennifer Boyles has been with the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service for over 25 years and serves as the South Carolina Annie’s Project State Coordinator and Agribusiness Agent. Jennifer is certified as a trainer, mediator and facilitator and has done extensive work with women’s leadership development. She holds a BA in Business and Home Economics from Mars Hill College and a MA in Conflict Management and Human Behavior from Columbia College. She is a graduate of the SC Economic Development Institute, the Southern Regional Community Development Institute and Clemson University Public Issues Management School. Jennifer was named the 2017 recipient of the National Annie’s Project Bob Wells Award that signifies outstanding dedication and excellence in educational programing.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Wednesday
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Championing Agriculture

“Championing Agriculture” is an interactive program designed to help you develop an action plan to take home to advocate and have more productive conversations with the non-farm audience on topics such as animal welfare, sustainability, chemicals, GMOs, etc.  

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Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corporation

Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for the global agrifood system - and antagonizing people into action. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded the weekly online Twitter conversations, AgChat and Food Chat. Michele's degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She is an international award-winning author and has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her ‘city slicker’ husband and daughter on a small farm in central Indiana, where they enjoy Registered Holsteins, fitness, and making memories around the table. Michele connects conversations between the food and farm communities at http://causematters.com and socially through @mpaynspeaker. She is the author of two books, No More Food Fights! and Food Truths from Farm to Table, a #1 best seller.


Wednesday
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch ‘n Learn: Online Marketing… What you Thought you Knew

South Carolina’s Annie’s Project and the New and Beginning Farmer Program Alumni will have the opportunity to network together and listen to one of their own, Jan Nirri, present “Online Marketing…what you thought you knew”. Grab your lunch (Cost $10.00) and then join us for an engaging and informative Lunch ‘n Learn.

There are literally thousands of ways to market your business online these days, but what are the best ways for YOUR business and how can you get the most out of those methods? Online authority, presence, and engagement…. Do you have it?

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Jan Nirri, Success Factor Consultants, Owner

A long-time supporter and advocate for small businesses and farms, Jan Nirri, an Annie’s Project and SCNBFP Alumni, is very passionate about all agriculture but especially Regenerative/Restorative practices.

As part of the inaugural Annie’s Project Educational Retreat  (May 2012) Jan began her serious journey into agriculture with a vision for re-connecting people (especially kids) and farms. She completed the SCNBFP in 2013, interned on a local chicken farm (Wil-Moore Farm) and moved to NC that Fall to work full time on a grass-fed beef farm. Jan has worked on a number of farms since that time ending up near Lynchburg, VA.

In 2017, while still pursuing her farm vision, Jan saw there was a great need for the community businesses to engage better with their customers online. With a Computer Programming degree, career in large computer systems, and more recent experience in online marketing and websites, Jan decided to use her background to help local businesses and farmers. She also saw the need for people to have access to solid and affordable legal services. So, Success Factor Consultants was founded providing legal services plans through LegalShield, and offering Website development and many online marketing services.


Wednesday
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Farm Like A Girl

Farm Like a Girl is a fun look at the unique role of women on the farm, how use those special farm stories to connect with those off the farm and how to protect your family from the downfalls of agriculture. This program will include a consumer panel for the women to learn from non-agriculture viewpoints.  This panel (comprised of local folks selected by your ag organizations) will answer questions about how they select food, their perspective on today’s farming techniques and what they really want to know about food/farming/family.

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Michele Payn, Cause Matters Corporation

Michele Payn, CSP, connects the people and science of food and farming as principal of Cause Matters Corp. She is known for being a community catalyst, a passionate advocate for the global agrifood system - and antagonizing people into action. Michele has worked with farmers in more than 25 countries, raised over $5 million in sponsorships for the National FFA Foundation and founded the weekly online Twitter conversations, AgChat and Food Chat. Michele's degrees are in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University. She is an international award-winning author and has earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to less than 10% of professional speakers globally. She resides with her ‘city slicker’ husband and daughter on a small farm in central Indiana, where they enjoy Registered Holsteins, fitness, and making memories around the table. Michele connects conversations between the food and farm communities at http://causematters.com and socially through @mpaynspeaker. She is the author of two books, No More Food Fights! and Food Truths from Farm to Table, a #1 best seller.


Thursday, January 24, 2019


Thursday
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM - General Session   

AgriBiz Development Present & Future 

Led by Ronnie Summers, PABC


Thursday
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM   

Sowing the Seeds for Tax Reform Change

In December of 2017, the United States Congress voted to pass a new tax reform bill that has had the most significant changes to the tax code in the past thirty years.  DHG will be presenting on the topics most likely to affect you as a small business owner and your personal income taxes, including cost recovery changes, pass-through taxation and the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction, changes to itemized deductions and exemptions, and topics specifically addressing the agricultural industry.       

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Rachel Nightengale, Dixon Hughes, Goodman, LLP; Manager

Rachel is a Tax Manager in the Charleston, SC office of Dixon Hughes Goodman(DHG). Prior to joining DHG, Rachel worked in private industry which give her the unique perspective from the client point-of-view in her current role. She now works closely with a variety of clients overseeing tax preparation and planning. Rachel’s specific areas of focus are with the agribusiness industries, technology services companies, research and development tax credits and individuals with high net worth.


Thursday
1:00PM - 2:30PM

Tractor 101

Farm Equipment plays a crucial role in successful farming, and operating them efficiently is key to a well-run business. In this “hands on” workshop, women will learn the basics of running and maintaining a tractor safely. 

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David DeWitt, Clemson Extension, Area Row Crop Agent

David joined Clemson Extension in February of 2012 as an area agronomy agent serving Lee, Sumter, and Kershaw counties. The Darlington native is a 1989 graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural mechanization and business. DeWitt previously was owner and operator of DeWitt Farms Inc., a row crop operation in Darlington County, primarily focused on tobacco, cotton and soybeans.

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Amber Starnes, Clemson Extension, Area Livestock & Forages Agent
Received her Bachelors Degree in 2008 from Coker College in Biology.  In 2010 she received her Masters Degree in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas. She has worked for Clemson University for 6 years serving as Area Livestock and Forages Agent in the Pee Dee Region.

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Lee Van Vlake, Clemson University,  Area Livestock & Forages Agent

Received his Bachelors Degree in 2004 from Clemson University in Animal Science. In 2012 he received his Masters Degree also from Clemson University in Agricultural Education. He has worked for Clemson University for 13 years served as an Area Livestock and Forages Agent in the Pee Dee Region.