Colorado Women in Ag – Nov 17-18, 2023

As if managing the CSU-Weld County Extension Office didn’t keep her busy enough, with 4-H, the Weld County Fair and all the other programming offered through her office, Extension Director Hannah Swanbom and her team have embarked on a new project meant to benefit women in agriculture across Colorado. 

“Agriculture, in all of its forms, is vital to our state’s economy,” said Swanbom. “But women in agriculture often face obstacles that can make running a farm, ranching operation or agribusiness a bit more of challenge – from securing grants and funding to being able to connect with learning resources.” 

To encourage women to not only be sustainable in their agricultural endeavors but also to be as successful as possible, Swanbom and her staff are organizing a Women in Agriculture Conference, to be held Nov. 17 and 18 at the Island Grove Event Center. 

The two-day conference, which will feature speakers, workshops and networking opportunities, is the first for Weld County and one that Swanbom hopes continues and grows across the state. 

“It makes a lot of sense to develop this conference here in Weld County. In Weld, our agricultural roots run deep, and if we can bring together resources and people to make sure agriculture continues to thrive in Colorado, we’re happy to support it,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. 

To learn more about the conference as well as to register, please visit their website at Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are also available; information about those opportunities can be found on that that website, as well. 


Kate Greenberg – Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture (Friday at 3 pm)

Kathay Rennels - Interim CSU Extension President 

Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson - Director of AgNext 

Kai Miranda -  Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust 

Sylvia Hickenlooper - NRCS Area Resource Conservationist for Planning 

Mary Ellen Cannon - NRCS Resource Soil Scientist 

Ellis Vidmar - Colorado AgrAbilities 

Whitney Pennington - High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health 

Karen Hostetler - Mountain Meadow Wool 

Helen Skiba - Artemis Flower Farm and Treehouse Farm Collective 

Sally Jones-Diamond - CSU Crops Testing, Farmer 

Libby Bigler - CSU Beef Quality Assurance