Annual conference challenges women farm managers to build networks

The 2009 Women Managing the Farm Conference is set for Feb. 12-14 at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center in Hutchinson.

Meeting under the theme, ?The Changing Face of Agricul?ture, the conference provides opportunities for women who are involved in agriculture to come together and network with other women who have similar interests and challenges, said Kristy Archuleta, conference coordinator.

This year?s conference will focus on five areas, including legal, financial, production, price and human risk. The event will feature four keynote speakers:

n Glen Muske, professor and interim associate dean, and assistant director of family and consumer sciences cooperative extension from Oklahoma State University. As the opening keynote speaker, he will explore the topic of networking. .

n Sarah Fogleman, a former K-State Research and Extension southeast Kansas agricultural economist and now a full time writer, will speak on family relations and the farm.

n Charlotte Shoup Olsen, a K-State Research and Extension family systems specialist, will share tips for effective personal and professional communications.

n Juli Burney, a humorist with an agriculture background from Nebraska, will offer a lighter ? entertaining ? perspective: ?Cleverly Cultivating Change.”

In addition to the primary speakers, 25 breakout sessions and a tradeshow will be offered.

?Any woman who is involved in agriculture as a profession, as a producer, farm partner or landowner can benefit from this conference,? Archuleta said.

The cost to attend the conference is $85, and includes all sessions, conference materials, two lunches and one breakfast.

For registration and more information, go to www.womenmanagingthefarm.info or call 1-866-327-6578.

A few scholarships may be available for Farm Credit customers or Kansas Farm Bureau members.

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