More than 36 percent of farmers in the United States are women, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, making it ever more important for women in the agriculture industry to learn to lead.

With this statistic in mind, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Leadership Program continually strives to equip Mississippi’s women farmers and agriculture decision makers with tools to lead the agriculture industry forward. This year, the Women’s Leadership Program hosted its Women’s Leadership Conference in Biloxi in an effort to accomplish this goal.

“It’s an honor for the Women’s Leadership Committee to host a leadership conference to educate and inspire the women of agriculture in Mississippi,” said Betty Mills, MFBF State Women’s Leadership Committee Chair. “We were please to host women from across the state.”

The conference consisted of several keynote speakers, including Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco, break-out sessions, a silent auction and time of fellowship.