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1st Farm Credit Services


ADM Fresno Trading

AgBioMet Technology Partners LLP

AgCountry Farm Credit Services



AgriBank, FCB




AgStar Financial Services 

AgTrax Technologies

Akin Gump

Allied Cooperative

American Agri-Women

American Farmland Trust

American Sugar Refining, Inc.

Andersen Schwarzmann

Animal Agriculture Alliance

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Aurora Cooperative

Aurora Organic Dairy

Australian Trade Commission

Bader Rutter

Baker Tilly

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Basse Enterprises

Bayer CropScience

Beck Ag

Bella Baby

Betley Farms

Bloomberg News

Brian G Hildebrand Farms Ltd.

Bryan Cave LLP


Cadena Bio, Inc.


Centra Sota Cooperative

Central Farm Service

Ceres Solutions LLP

CF Industries

CGB Enterprises, Inc.

Channel (Monsanto)

Chapman and Cutler LLP


CHS, Inc.

Clearwater Seafoods Inc.

CME Group



Compatible Technology International

Cooke Seafood USA

Corn Refiners Association

Countryside Cooperative

Crop Production Services, Inc./Agrium

Cultura Technologies LLC

Dairy Girl Network

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Direct Contact Inc.

Diversified Search

DLA Piper

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Dow AgroSciencesup

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP


Illinois Soybean Association

Indiana Grain

ING Capital LLC

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy


DuPont Nutrition & Health

DuPont Pioneer

Effingham Equity

Envision Partners, LLC

EWOS Vietnam/Cargill Aqua Nutrition

Exacto Inc.

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Farm Credit

Farmland Management Services

FCC Services

Ferrara Candy Company


Full Circle Ag

Furst-McNess Company of Canada Limited

Gavilon Group, LLC


Gowan Company

Grocery Manufacturers Association


Half the Sky Leadership for Women

Hancock Agricultural Investment Group

Hancock Farmland Services

Harvard Business School

Hefty Seed Company

Heifer International

HighQuest Gro


IOI Loders Croklaan

Iowa Institute for Cooperatives

J Henry & Sons

J.P.Morgan Chase

J.R. Simplot Company

John Deere Company

K&L Gates

K-Coe Isom

Kansas Wheat Commission

Kent Corporation


Kincannon & Reed

Koch Fertilizer

Land O'Lakes

Landmark Services Cooperative

Landus Cooperative

Larta Institute

Lathrop & Gage LLP

Loredee Global Limited

Loveland Products, Inc

Maracuja Solutions

McGathey Commodities Broker Group
McGhee Productivity Solutions

MetLife Agricultural Finance

Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.

MKC Coop


Moore & Van Allen

National Corn Growers Association

National Crop Insurance Services

National FFA Foundation

Nationwide Insurance

NexSteppe, Inc.

North Central Farmers Elevator

Northern Illinois University College of Business

Novus International, Inc.

NuTech Seed, LLC


OpenLink Agribusiness Solutions Group

Osborn & Barr Communications, Inc.

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Techonolgies, Inc.

Painchaud Performance Group

Patina Solutions

Patterson Companies, Inc.

Paulsen Marketing

Pearmine Farms Inc.

Perdue AgriBusiness

Pioneer Hi-Bred Hellas SA

Piper Jaffray

Praedium Ventures

Premier Cooperative


Purdue Research Foundation

Purdue University, College of Agriculture

Quarry Hill Dairy, LLC

Radson Company

Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions


River Valley Cooperative

Robert VanderEyk and Sons Dairy

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Sierra Sky LLC

Smithfield Foods

South Dakota State University

Standing Partnership

Stateline Cooperative

Stoel Rives LLP

Sunrise Cooperative

Superior Ag

Sustainable Sourcing LLC


Teays River Investments, LLC

Texas A&M University

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Context Network

The GKC Group

The Mennel Milling Company

The Mosaic Company

The Ohio State University

Thomson Reuters

Tyson Foods, Inc.

United Farmers Cooperative

United Soybean Board

United States Sugar Corporation

United Suppliers

University of Minnesota

University of Wisconsin - Madison

U.S. Bank Food Industries

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

U. S. Feed Grains Council

US Foods


Virginia Department of Agriculture

Virginia Tech

Wells Fargo

Western United States Agricultural Trade Association



2016 Proceedings

Available presentations from the 2016 Summit can be found below by clicking a session title. The presentation password an be found in your event guide and on the WIA 2016 mobile app. Questions? Email . 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2017

Transforming the Workplace (Slides Not Available)


The Changing Consumer and Implications for the Supply Chain

Executive Roundtable (Slides Not Available)



Leader of the Year

Stefanie Jill Fogel is partner and co-chair of DLA Piper’s Global Food and Beverage Sector. DLA Piper is one of the world’s largest law firms with more than 4,000 attorneys located in more than 90 offices across the world. Fogel’s practice focuses on cross border regulatory compliance, food safety, supply chain and distribution risks, and recall and government investigation assessment and response.


She is recognized with the WIA Demeter Award for her work in co-founding the law firm’s Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Program, an initiative launched to help develop, retain and promote women lawyers in the firm’s global environment. LAW fosters internal networking, facilitates the flow of information, and empowers women lawyers by developing leadership skills and creating business development opportunities. LAW regularly hosts national Speaker Series video conference presentations focused on leadership and business development, which are available to DLA Piper employees as well as all women lawyers. It also hosts the well-known Global Women’s Leadership Summit.

Innovator of the Year

As founder and president of Dairy Girl Network, Laura Daniels has been recognized for her vision in forming this network that includes dairy farmers, dairy professionals and employees on a dairy. Established in 2014, this non-profit organization now has over 1,200 members and more than 3,000 Facebook followers. It will host its first Dairy Girl National conference this November in Minneapolis, along with its multiple networking events held throughout the year.


The network also has an active board of directors and support of major businesses in the sector. “Because of Laura’s insight and vision, a very real need has been met for women in the dairy industry to connect with other women and find opportunities for comradery, experience-sharing and personal development,” said LuAnn Troxel, the Dairy Girl Network leadership team member who nominated Daniels. “It has truly been inspirational to see this network grow."

Company of the Year

Syngenta, a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources, includes 28,000 people in more than 90 countries. The company is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, evidenced by the launch in 2014 of a Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) policy to leverage the company’s differences, catalyze innovation, maximize performance and create business value. This expanded to offering programming in a range of areas such as Women’s Leadership, African American Leadership, Young Leader Development and an LGBTQ Leaders & Allies group.  


Recent programming by the Women’s Leadership Group has included Lunch ‘n Learn sessions featuring women agribusiness executives, professional development seminars in the areas of coaching and networking, Syngenta career pathing and advice, and local volunteer opportunities. Earlier this year, Syngenta rolled out training on unconscious bias to help employees identify their own challenges based on their unique experiences and backgrounds

16 Demeter


Michelle Marks

Michelle Marks

University os Wisconsin - Madison | Doctor of Philosophy: Plant Pathology | Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance

Katherynne Padilla

Katherynne Padilla

Texas A&M University | Masters of Agricultural Business | Sponsored by Metlife Insurance

Josey Pukrop

Josey Pukrop

Purdue University | Masters of Science: Animal Science/Ruminant Nutrition | Sponsored by Mitsui

Allison Pullin

Allison Pullin

Ohio State University | Masters in Science: Animal Science-Animal Welfare & Behavior | Sponsored by Novus

Claudette Reyes

Claudette Reyes

Texas A&M University | Masters in Agribusiness: Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness | Sponsored by Agrex

Amanda Rogers

Amanda Rogers

Virginia Tech | Dual Bachelor's Degree: Agribusiness Management and Animal & Poultry Sciences | Sponsored by Virginia Department of Agriculture

Devon Smolak

Devon Smolak

Texas A&M University | Masters in Agribusiness | Sponsored by HighQuest Group

Paige Stevenson

Paige Stevenson

Purdue University | Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness: Agricultural Economics | Sponsored by Mitsui

Emily Wisely

Emily Wisely

University of Delaware | BS-Pre-Veterinary Medicine & Animal Biosciences | Sponsored by HighQuest Group

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