BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S. — The 3rd annual Women in Agribusiness Summit and 9th annual Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit is planned the week of Oct. 6 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
The Women in Agribusiness Summit has added another day to the agenda and has more than doubled the number of attendees since its inaugural event in 2012.  With a focus on highlighting food and agriculture as career opportunities for women, and providing tools for women to become informed leaders in the industry, this summit attracts female leaders from across the ag value chain.

During this conference, which is planned for Oct. 6-8, a roundtable format, as opposed to static presentations, will be used to address unique experiences in the industry and cutting-edge trends.  

Agenda topics for the 2014 Women in Agribusiness Summit, many of which were suggested by participants of the 2013 event, include: 
•           Addressing the Challenges Facing Agricultural Producers;
•           From STEM to STEAM: Incorporating Agriculture into Educational Priorities;
•           Understanding the Impacts of a New Farm Bill;
•           Employee Retention Strategies; and
•           Developing an Internal Mentorship Program.

The Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, which will be Oct. 7-9, will share the latest information on the oilseed and feed grains markets, along with networking opportunities. Attendees come from around the world – the 2013 event included over 75 exhibitors and hosted nearly 650 attendees from 30 U.S. states and 25 countries.

“The 2014 agenda is packed with engaging, informative topics on feed, food, global trade, and commodity markets designed to maximize participants’ strategic outcomes,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, event director from HighQuest Partners, the agribusiness strategic advisory firm that hosts the summits. “This year’s event is under new direction and will see some updates, including a re-invigorated plan for the exhibit floor – now called the Agribusiness Expo – that offers a variety of interactive activities, special exhibits and unique networking opportunities to boost industry engagement for all participants and keep the area bustling with foot traffic.”