Missouri agriculture advocate Chris Chinn will speak at annual Sigma Alpha Symposium

Sigma Alpha will be hosting its 2016 Women in Agriculture Symposium promoting agriculture for students, faculty and individuals of the community at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the MU Bradford Research Center. The evening of knowledge and networking is Sigma Alpha’s biggest professional development project each year.

Kimberly Duggan, of Sigma Alpha, said the event is open to anyone interested in agriculture.

“We invite businesses and community members to join us for an evening of networking, dinner and a presentation by a guest speaker,” Duggan said. “All of our sisters will be in attendance to meet and greet our guests. We hold this event for our students and community to educate themselves on agricultural topics.”

Sigma Alpha will be hosting guest speaker Chris Chinn.

“Chris is a fifth generation farmer and speaks on behalf of diversified farm families,” Duggan said.

She and her husband both come from fifth-generation farms and reside in Shelbina, Missouri. Chinn is currently working with the Missouri Pork Association and Farm Bureau. She promotes agriculture through social media and group presentations.

The event starts with a formal introduction at 6 p.m. and a well-planned dinner will follow shortly after for socializing and networking.

Rebecca Helton, sophomore and member of Sigma Alpha, said she looks forward every year to, “Sitting down at a dinner, which allows for a more personal connection to be made between us the students and the business representatives.”

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