Women in Agribusiness Summit appoints executive speaker from Cargill


TOPSFIELD, MASS. — Ruth Kimmelshue, an executive at Cargill and the first woman to lead one of the company’s five global businesses, will deliver the keynote address at Women in Agribusiness Summit 2022September 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Texas.

Kimmelshue, who is senior vice president of Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health, will discuss sustainability, highlighting some of the Cargill manners addressed this topic.

During his 20 years with the company, Kimmelshue has held many leadership roles and positions in animal protein, salt, turkey and cooked meats, and the agricultural supply chain.

A member of Cargill’s leadership team since 2015, Kimmelshue most recently built and led Cargill’s global operations and supply chain organization and served as the company’s first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer. In addition to sustainability and corporate responsibilityshe was responsible for Cargill’s research and development organization and communications function.

Other speakers joining Kimmelshue at this fall’s Women in Agribusiness (WIA) Summit include:

  • Marco Orioli, Vice President of Global Grain & Processing for EMEA at CHS, who will present “the human, business and commercial impact of the war in Ukraine”.
  • Cynthia Stanton, Supply Chain Operations Manager at BASF, to discuss “Managing Supply Chain Disruptions in Turbulent Times”.
  • The annual Women Producers Panel will feature a panel of young women producers who will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities experienced by younger generations. They are Sara Preston of Preston Farms; Kimberly Ratcliff of Farm to Freezer Meat Co.; Sadie Schweers of Schweers Farms; and Ellie Ann Vander Dussen of Standard Cattle LLC. This panel will be moderated by Megan Schilling, editor with successful farming.
  • Brooke Appleton, vice president of public policy for the National Corn Growers Association, will speak about the 2023 Farm Bill, highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture that could potentially affect the outcome of the legislation.
  • Mary Robinson, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and Rachel Pick, Director of Programs and Operations, USFRA, along with moderator Mary Shelman, Founder of the Mary Shelman Group, will host a panel discussion on opportunities between agriculture American and Canadian.

The full program and registrations are available at www.womeninag.com.

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