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October 10, 2019 • We need more women driving agri-food innovation

TROY MEDIA: “A new report shows women are much more adept at driving change and managing results in startups, yet they struggle to find funding.

A recent report on agri-tech startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention. And when it comes to what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves attention.

More and more venture capital is being invested in the sector, which is great news. But these funds apparently aren’t serving all demographics equally. Some are left behind, most importantly women…

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September 19, 2019 • Women’s Conference puts a Focus on Mental Health and the Brain

GERMINATION: “As awareness of it becomes more prevalent, the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference puts a focus on the mechanics of mental health.

During his tenure with TD in Toronto as vice-president of commercial and agriculture banking, Kevin Werner opened up to the bank in 2009 about his mental illness — clinical depression.

Coincidentally, the bank was in the process of setting up a national sub-committee to help address and improve the understanding by all employees about people with disabilities, both visible and invisible. Kevin — who had the benefit of having an agriculture background — was requested to be part of this sub-committee given his experience with mental illness.”

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August 6, 2019 • AWCA: A chance to re-energize

Rural Roots: “The first time Dana Sachvie attended an Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference she was amazed by the number of women there were to network with at the event.

The Senior Administrative Assistant at Cargill says she came back from the first event feeling energized and empowered, which has brought her back multiple times since.

Five times to be exact.

“I look forward to it every year and the content and speakers change every time and even when speakers have returned, the content has evolved and has been relevant and updated to current times,” says Sachvie.”

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May 8, 2019 • Yukon farmer, Krista Roske of Sunnyside Farm attends AWC and takes away more than practical ideas to improve their farm business (Page 7)

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April 23, 2019 • More women are dumping lucrative careers to move into the demanding world of farming

Financial Post: “After a successful 33-year professional career in festival event management in Victoria, Ramona Froehle-Schacht decided 12 years ago it was time to pursue a different path. Now, she’s the proud owner of SOL Farm, a five-acre property in North Cowichan, B.C., where she spends her day nurturing her crops of pickling cucumbers, bouquet flowers, tomatoes and berries.

An avid gardener all her life, she considers growing food to be something “basic and magical. But to take a productive plant and harvest and sell it involves a tremendous amount of work and knowledge…”

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April 3, 2019 • Meet Dianne Finstad, AWC’s long time Master of Ceremonies

Farm Marketer: Dianne Finstad is a media legend. She is well known as an agriculture reporter, an award-winning host of two shows, a freelance writer, and the host at many rodeo events.

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