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'Plate to Politics' Encourages Women to Run for Leader Posts
Indiana Ag Connection - 05/13/2019

Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), Indiana Farmers Union and Indy Women in Food are combining forces to bring a Plate to Politics event to downtown Indianapolis June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Star Building, 130 S. Meridian St.. Intended to encourage Hoosier women working in the food and agriculture industries to run for leadership positions throughout the state, the event includes lunch and an opportunity to network and learn among peers and industry experts.

A panel discussion featuring Indiana-based women in leadership will take place, along with an interactive public speaking session for participants. Indiana House Rep. Carey Jeffries Hamilton will provide the day's keynote address.

Registration is $10 at wfan.org/ptp-indiana. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

The Plate to Politics program (http://www.wfan.org/our-programs/plate-to-politicssm) is a nationwide effort organized by Women, Food, and Agriculture Network to support and strengthen the national leadership role of women transforming our nation's food system--from the federal agricultural policy agenda to what's on our dinner plates. The program focuses on providing leadership training to women engaged in healthy food and farming to take leadership positions--whether on local, state, or federal levels.

Hamilton was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2016 to represent Indiana House District 87. She serves as assistant Democratic whip in the Indiana House of Representatives. Hamilton is the ranking minority member of the Financial Institutions Committee. She also serves on the Environmental Affairs and Ways and Means committees and is an alternate member of the Indiana State Budget Committee. Hamilton has served as a nonprofit executive and has worked in the environmental field for more than 20 years. During that time, she has managed various policy development initiatives and public outreach programs.

WFAN is a community of women involved in sustainable agriculture, which engages women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power. WFAN exists so that women can give each other the information, connections, and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

Indiana Farmers Union is a grass-roots organization that works to protect the social and economic well-being of family farmers throughout the Hoosier state. INFU engages elected officials on issues that come directly from its membership and press lawmakers to implement and enforce laws and regulations that will strengthen agriculture in Indiana. Founded in 1955, Indiana Farmers Union is committed to representing the interests of all family farmers on issues such as sustainability, country of origin labeling, energy and food security, competitive markets, and conservation.

Indy Women in Food exists to connect women working in food in Indianapolis, promote food-related initiatives in Indy, and host events and gatherings spearheaded by women to make a positive impact on the Indianapolis community. IWIF nurtures collaboration among women in all aspects of the Indy food scene, including chefs, restaurant owners, writers, bloggers, photographers, community organizers, and more.

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