Women & Agriculture Conference: Cultivating Our Reality

Posted on March 12, 2007


3rd Annual Women & Agriculture Conference: Cultivating Our Reality

The 3rd Annual Statewide Women & Agriculture Conference, Cultivating Our Reality, will be held on March 23?24 in East Wenatchee, Washington. The conference is being conducted by Washington State University Extension to give women the tools and information they need to help their family far operations and agribusinesses succeed. The conference begins with a social and networking event on Friday evening followed by a full-day of featured speakers and workshop sessions on Saturday. For conference program and registration information, visit the web site http://www.ncw.wsu.edu/ and click on Women & Agriculture Conference. WSU Extension is sponsoring the event in cooperation with the WSU Western Center for Risk Management Education, Chelan/Douglas County & Washington State Farm Bureau, Country Insurance & Financial Services and more than 40 other businesses, lenders and commodity groups.

The conference will address topics of interest to women and provide practical information for use in their personal and family lives and farm business operations. Jane Eckert, a nationally known speaker from the St. Louis area, will speak on ?Agritourism: A Reality That Grows on You! and ?Making Money Without Going Off Farm.? In addition, there will be ten morning and afternoon breakout sessions on biotechnology, direct marketing, the farm bill, food liability, living life in balance, adding value to what you grow, farm labor issues, working with your lender and perspectives of Washington farm women. Valoria H. Loveland, Washington State Director of Agriculture has been invited to present the closing session.

The conference is open to the public. Those planning to attend need to register by March 16. The cost is $20.00, lunch and snacks included. Registration fees postmarked after March 16 are $30. For more information, contact WSU Extension at 509-745-8531.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program need to call WSU Extension at (509) 745-8531 at least 10 days before the program.

For more information, contact conference co-chairs, Margaret A. Viebrock, viebrock@wsu.edu and Ann Diede, diede@wsu.edu.

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