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HARRISBURG – Women involved in agriculture are invited to celebrate past, present and future industry leaders during “Women in Agriculture Day,” from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the VIP Lounge, at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show. 

Themed “Pennsylvania’s Heritage, Pennsylvania’s Future,” the program offers dynamic speakers and a panel discussion covering a wide range of topics relating to women’s roles in Pennsylvania agriculture.

“The ‘Women in Ag Day’ agenda is packed with our industry’s leaders – including those who have been trailblazers within the industry, forging paths and setting high standards for the next generation,” said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff.

The tentative agenda is as follows:
10 a.m. – Welcome – Russell Redding, Department of Agriculture Executive Deputy Secretary
10:15 a.m. – “Beyond the Glass Slipper”- JD Dunbar, Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program
10:45 a.m. – Today’s Leaders in Agriculture: Panel Moderator – Cheryl Cook, Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary
• Laura Phelps, American Mushroom Institute President
• Angela Callie, USDA Rural Development Team Leader
• Linda Stewart Moist, Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN)
• Christy Bartley, Penn State University 4-H Program Leader
Noon – Light refreshments and networking
12:30 p.m. – “Giving Yourself Credit When You’re All Maxed Out” – Caressa Compton, South Mountain Insurance Services
12:45 p.m. – “Profits, Challenges and Risk Management” – Lynda Farrell, Honeysuckle Hill Farms
1 p.m. – Agriculture at the Capitol – Kristin Crawford, Legislative & Executive Director of the Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee and Kerry Golden, Executive Director of the House of Representatives Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee
1:30 p.m. – The Next Generation of Ag Leaders: Panel Moderator - Junia Isiminger, PA Dairy Princess & Promotion Services
• Amanda Koons – Former PA Alternate Dairy Princess
• Sarah Wickard – Former PA FFA Officer
• Kristi Rooker – PDA Fair Fund Administrator and former PA Fair Queen
• Raechel Kilgore – AgChoice Farm Credit and former PA Dairy Princess
• Nicole Bucher – PDA Press Office and PA Young Farmers Association
• Linda Krall, PA Young Farmers Association
2 p.m. – Final Thoughts and Networking Opportunity
For more information, contact Jean Lonie ( at the Department of Agriculture at 717-346-0438 or visit

The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Risk Management Agency. 
The Pennsylvania Farm Show runs Jan. 10-17 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.  Parking is $8.  Visit for a detailed schedule or to make reservations for the opening dinner.