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Women in Agribusiness Summit to Feature World Renowned Agriculture Speaker

Michele Payn-Knoper Scheduled to Deliver Keynote Address at Women in Agribusiness Summit

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Well known “agvocate” Michele Payn-Knoper will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Women in Agribusiness Summit in New Orleans scheduled for September 16-17 2012. Known for her drive and passion for the agriculture industry, devoting much of her time in helping to bridge the gap between rural and urban communities, Payn-Knoper is expected to inspire other industry women to translate their passion for agriculture reaching the consumer. To back her accomplishments, Payn-Knoper is a Certified Speaking Professional, holds degrees in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science from Michigan State University and is the founder of the AgChat Foundation.

"We are excited to host this first-ever Women in Agribusiness Summit, and look forward to Michele helping us celebrate the promise, passion and success of these innovative, talented women," said Pratt. "Through the thoughtful sharing of best practices and industry insights at this event, we hope to encourage the next generation of women in agribusiness” says Frances Pratt, Co-Chairwoman and Event Director for the Summit.

This is a high-profile event that will expose attendees to successful industry leaders that will share professional development tools in order to succeed in the agribusiness industry. The Summit will allow attendees to make connections with like-minded individuals creating a culture for women to continue to thrive in the growing agriculture sector.

Other notable speakers that will be in attendance will include - Rhonda Cole, Director of Grains and Oils at SunOpta, Inc., and Mary Ellen Hennessey-Jones, President of Solera Capital LLC.


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