2017 Annual Meeting

Join us in Nashville for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show.

ANCW Meetings: January 30 – 31, 2017

ANCW Annual Convention Schedule – Tentative

Our meetings will be located on Level M of the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center – Delta Mezzanine – Bayou D. 

General Information
Registration and Hotels

Women’s Leadership and Education Session
Monday, January 30th at 9:30 a.m.


Presenters – Donnell and Kelli Brown

Donnell Brown and his wife Kelli are the fifth generation to own and manage the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, TX. They raise registered Red Angus, Angus and SimAngus cattle. They sell a combined total of 800 bulls, 1400 females and 20 Quarter Horses at their productions sales each October and March. R.A. Brown Ranch has been a family business since 1895 and has been honored with numerous awards including the Cattle Business of the Century Award.

They extensively use technology such as Artificial Insemination (AI), embryo transfer, ultrasound, DNA and feed efficiency testing to produce superior genetics that fit the needs of the beef industry. The strength of their program is shown by the high percentage of repeat customers, as well as by having more than 25 bulls in major AI studs.

Donnell is a graduate of Texas Tech University. Prior to that, he served as President of the Texas FFA and as the National FFA President.  He has served in a Strategic Planning capacity for four different breed associations as well as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Kelli grew up on a diversified beef, dairy and row crop farm in western Nebraska. She also served as the National FFA President in 1988 then graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Ag Economics. She produces all of the advertising and sale catalogs for the R.A. Brown Ranch and has overseen all of the data management for the past 25 years. She continues to serve in numerous leadership roles and served as President of the Red Angus Association of America in 2009 & 2010. Since then Kelli has immersed herself into professional photography focused on capturing beauty and majesty of ranch life and the cowboys who make it their life work to be the best stewards of God’s creation.

The Brown Family has set a new standard for successful generational transfer and will share their story of how their family has kept the ranch in the family and the family in the ranch for five generations. Donnell & Kelli are blessed with 2 sons:  Tucker, and Lanham who will both graduate from college in the next two years. Together they are living their dream of raising cows, kids and Quarter Horses.

Sponsored by GeneSeek, a Neogen Company


General Membership Meeting Speaker
Tuesday, January 31st at 12:30 p.m.


Marji Guyler-Alaniz
President + Founder, FarmHer

About Marji

Marji Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder of FarmHer, is a lifetime Iowan and lover of photography.  That love, combined with Graphic Design, Journalism and Photography degrees from Grand View University, an MBA from Drake University and an 11-year career in corporate agriculture working for a crop insurance company led her to launch FarmHer in the spring of 2013. Through FarmHer she is updating the image of agriculture by showing the female side of farming and ranching, creating community amongst women in agriculture and outreach to young women interested in agriculture.  In addition to the photography side of FarmHer, Marji has expanded the business to include an online community for women in agriculture, a weekly television show, airing on national cable network RFD-TV called FarmHer, annual events to inspire and inform young women about agriculture and a line of merchandise aimed at women in agriculture.  Her work for FarmHer has been featured in an expanse of arenas ranging from a weekly television show on RFD-TV to USDA’s National Ag Day Celebration and O the Oprah Magazine.

About FarmHer

Women have always been an important but mostly unseen aspect of agriculture.  In recent years, women are rising to the forefront of agriculture in so many ways; as owner/operators, landowners, workers, mentors and much more.

FarmHer was founded in 2013 to begin to change the image of agriculture – to include women in that image through photographs and stories.  It quickly became clear that women in agriculture not only appreciated FarmHer, but they needed it.  And they asked for more.  Today, FarmHer has grown into not just a gallery of images that are changing the way people perceive a farmer or rancher, but also into an online community of women in agriculture, events for these women and a national cable television show, airing weekly on RFD-TV, featuring FarmHers across the country.  For more information visit farmher.com.

FarmHer Market Store Discount
ANCW members can receive a 10% discount at the FarmHer Market.  Use code ANCW10 at checkout to receive the discount. ANCW members are encouraged to purchase a shirt prior convention and asked to wear your purchase to our General Membership meeting.

Sponsored by Blue Gate Services, LLC – Gillette, WY.


Emerging Leaders Luncheon

YBL leaders

“Transition Planning is Optional… Well Kinda!” With Dave Specht

Friday, February 3

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Presented by NCBA’s Young Beef Leaders & American National Cattlewomen

The Emerging Leaders Luncheon brings together students, young professional and producers with beef industry leaders in an interactive and small group setting.  Emerging leaders will be pared with a set of mentors from a variety of organizations across industry segments at each table to discuss relevant issues and their pathway to leadership over lunch.

In this session, Dave Specht, the author of The Farm Whisperer will join us to address the consequences of not planning properly or early enough. The best succession plans honor the people and the sacrifices that have been made while also creating a roadmap for the future.  He will also share his 5 keys to generational farm and ranch transitions.  Attendees will come away with actionable strategies to navigate the conversations, address the problems and ultimately preserve family relationships while perpetuating the operation.

Five outstanding young leaders will be recognized for their contributions to the beef industry with scholarships awarded by American National CattleWomen through the sponsorship provided by Farm Credit.

Get connected – join us for this engaging networking & educational session focused on the future generation of beef industry!

Sponsored by Caterpillar