Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Best Selling Author Stephen Hayes to Keynote UnitedAg 38th Annual Conference, March 7-10 in Carlsbad

For Immediate Release

Bestselling Author Stephen Hayes to Keynote UnitedAg 38th Annual Conference

More than 200 UnitedAg member representatives and other ag leaders are expected to attend the event at the Omni La Costa

IRVINE, Calif., (AgPR) Oct. 25 – UnitedAg, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 700 companies in California and Arizona, announced it will hold its 38th Annual Meeting & Conference March 7-10 at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif. The 2018 conference “IGNITE” will bring together California’s top agribusiness leaders for three days of education and inspiration. Attendees will walk away enlightened and ready to transform California Agriculture! Stephen Hayes, Editor in Chief of the Weekly Standard and Author of Two New York Times Bestsellers will be the keynote speaker for the event.More than 200 representatives from UnitedAg member organizations and partners, and other agricultural community leaders, are expected to attend.“Ignite is about putting all the building blocks together and truly empowering our members, partners, and staff to bring about change to agriculture,” said Kirti Mutatkar, President and CEO of UnitedAg. “We have been focusing on innovation through collaboration for our past couple conferences, and now we want to emphasize that true innovation comes from inspiring others to follow the path we’ve built together these past couple years. We will focus on the theme of Ignite at the conference and beyond.”

Conference highlights include:
  • 8th Annual Golf Tournament – Thursday, March 8, 2018.
  • Member Connection – Thursday March 8, 2018.
  • Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon – Friday, March 9, 2018.
  • Advocacy Panel Presentation – Friday, March 9, 2018.
  • The Great Gatsby Dinner Dance – Friday, March 9, 2018.

On Thursday, March 08, attendees can enjoy either the UnitedAg Annual Golf Tournament or a mind, body, soul yoga session at the Chopra Center (additional fees apply). Also, a silent auction to support the Agricultural Education Foundation’s Annual Scholarships will take place throughout the day on both March 08 and 09. Activities on Saturday, March 10 – a Health Innovation Panel and WomenAg Leadership Academy session – are by invitation and not open to general conference attendees.

The conference is open to representatives of UnitedAg member organizations and to nonmembers. Registration opens November 1st, 2017.

Registration Information

The conference fee for early-bird pricing is $500 for individuals/$900 for member couples, and $600 for individuals/$1,000 for non-member couples, deadline to register Feb. 2. After Feb. 2 the fee will be an additional $50 for individuals and for couples, respectively – again, while space is available. Register online at or call (800) 223-4590 for more information.

About UnitedAg

Founded in 1980, UnitedAg is a member-owned agricultural trade association dedicated to providing innovative solutions for a strong and healthy agricultural industry. UnitedAg represents more than 700 agriculture-affiliated member organizations, including agricultural companies (growers, shippers, coolers, processors, dairy and livestock producers, and supporting businesses); associates; cooperatives; and partner agricultural associations. UnitedAg helps its members meet their employee benefits needs, promotes their interests with lawmakers, and helps them comply with legislation and regulation. Based in Irvine, Calif., UnitedAg has offices in Oxnard, Corona, Salinas, Fresno and Santa Maria. For more information, visit or contact Maribel Ochoa at 949.471.3206 or

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