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Women to "Shine" at Northeast's AG-Ceptional conference

Women to "Shine" at Northeast's AG-Ceptional conference

NORFOLK, NE – Women in agriculture will have the opportunity to shine bright at an upcoming conference.

Registration is currently underway for the 10th annual Northeast Community College AG-ceptional Women’s Conference – a day-long event to be held on Friday, November 16, in the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. The conference’s theme is “Shine."

The AG-ceptional Women’s Conference is northeast Nebraska’s premier event for women in agriculture, attracting over 400 women who come together for a full day of networking, professional development and personal growth opportunities. The conference sells out each year, so participants are strongly encouraged to register early.  

The opening session will feature a keynote speaker who will discuss issues impacting the industry of agriculture. Damian Mason is a businessman, agriculturist, speaker, podcaster, writer and consultant who offers a high-energy presentation that’s both current and comedic, insightful and entertaining. His discussion will include challenges and opportunities for the ag industry, such as why affluent customers oppose GMOs, why suburbia shops at Whole Foods, why the “cheap food argument” is outdated, how agriculture can thrive by realizing there are two sets of global consumers and why agriculture’s future is bright.

Since 1994, Mason has spoken to nearly 2,000 audiences in all 50 states and seven foreign countries. 

The AG-ceptional Women’s Conference will feature over 20 speakers who will share their experiences and expertise on a range of topics, including a discussion on defining one’s story within the business of agriculture, estate planning, farm bill decisions, food labeling, social media, de-cluttering and many others.

We are thrilled to have these inspiring presenters at this year’s conference,” said Corinne Morris, dean of agriculture, math and science at Northeast. “These speakers are advocates and leaders in their fields and their collective wisdom challenges us all to become involved and make a difference. Our conference recognizes the important role women play in agriculture and we take pride in acknowledging them with this day.”

The closing session of the conference will feature Pat McGill, speaker, trainer, adjunct professor of education and author. With a passion for people, education, business and community, McGill created Beresford FIRST, an organization that supports business while enriching the heart and soul of the Beresford, SD, community.  She is also the founder of WE - Women Entrepreneurs in the Iowa Great Lakes and Women Energized with WE groups in the Midwest.

She will present on “The 5 Powers of Rural,” where women discover they are like some other women, but not like any other woman.

The registration fee for the 2018 AG-ceptional Women’s Conference is $39. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Organizers said the cost of the attending the conference remains affordable due to the many sponsors of the event.

To register or learn more about the conference, go online to For additional information, call Corinne Morris, conference director, at (402) 844-7361 or contact






Over 400 participants took part in the 2017 AG-ceptional Women’s Conference event at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Registrations are currently underway for the 2018 conference to be held on Friday, November 16.