American Agri-Women (AAW) has jam-packed agenda for St. Louis annual meeting Nov. 10 - 14

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Manhattan, Kans. and St. Louis, Mo. - (AgPR) - Nov. 6, 2010 -- Participants are coming from at least 26 states to the 35th annual American Agri-Women (AAW) national conference taking place Nov. 10-14 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Clayton, Mo. 

"Gateway to Agriculture in the 21st Century" is the AAW meeting theme.

"There will be something for everyone," says AAW President Chris Wilson of Manhattan, Kan. "We're covering topics ranging from the 'Slow Food' movement and buying food locally to the latest trends in biotechnology. In fact, there are 40 speakers!"

Please visit for a complete schedule of speakers and the topics to be covered.

Media may arrange interviews by calling AAW VP of Communications Linda Swiercinsky at (708) 334-4030 or by

A special event will take place at the St. Louis Zoo on Friday evening and the annual awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday night.

A number of St. Louis area tours are planned. These include visits to the Arch, Soulard Market, LongView Animal Research Center, Kemp Auto Museum, Monsanto Research facilities, Novus, Inc., Eckert's Farm Markets, Anheuser-Busch brewery, and Busch Stadium.  

On Sunday, Nov. 14, the participants will tour on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River. They will travel to the Lewis & Clark "Point of Departure" Museum and observation towers, Melvin Price Locks and Dam, Alton historic sites, and a Grafton winery before taking the ferry back to St. Charles, Mo. A highlight of the day will be visiting the Heepke horseradish farm near Collinsville. where Pam Heepke will prepare a meal using horseradish in several dishes.

American Agri-Women (AAW) is the national coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, with 59 affiliate state and commodity organizations nationwide. Visit us on the web at and on Facebook at www.facebook/AgriWomen. We are @Women4Ag on Twitter. For further information on American Agri-Women contact AAW President Chris Wilson by e-mail at or by mobile phone at (785) 537-6171.