2013 Palouse Women in Agriculture Conference

February 23 8:00 AM Ensminger Pavilion, WSU Campus, on the corner of Wilson Road and Lincoln, Pullman Wash. Janet Schmidt (509) 397-6290, Cinda Williams (208) 883-2267, Margaret Viebrock (509) 745-8531 Website
Women farmers in Washington and Idaho will have the unique opportunity to participate in an agriculture workshop offering an inspirational speaker, practical advice on how to improve management skills and networking opportunities with other women entrepreneurs.
“Growing Your Successful Farm Business” will be held on Saturday, February 23 and will broadcast the keynote speaker to 21 different locations throughout the state – including Pullman, Ensminger Pavilion, WSU Campus, on the corner of Wilson Road and Lincoln Drive. The conference begins at 8:00am with a light breakfast and ends at 4pm, with lunch included in the registration. The new localized format of the conference is designed to let women farmers benefit from a statewide conference while still meeting their on-farm duties.
“Women are uniquely tasked with the demands of both farm and family, which can make travel to one state location a challenge, “ said WSU Douglas County Extension Director and chair of the conference Margaret Viebrock. “This new approach allows us to offer our headline speaker at all locations, while also making the conference specific to each region.”
Keynote speaker Trini Campbell, owner of Riverdog Farm in Guinda, California, will share her experiences of beginning farming in the Napa Valley in 1990 by renting two acres and sharecropping and now owning a diverse 500-acre organic farm in the prime agriculture area called the Capay Valley. Campbell will discuss her challenges of managing labor, financial planning, dealing with crop loss and market instability and maintaining a work-life balance with her family.
A second workshop will help producers become better financially prepared to take advantage of an opportunity to grow an operation and also survive a downturn in the economy. This session, led by a financial expert in each location, will focus on working capital and what it means to your farm. According to Viebrock, women producers have the skills to grow their crops, but have requested help with financial management to help them make better farm business decisions and how to use financial records to improve the bottom line.
A local producer panel at each location will talk about their risks and challenges with farming, including how they use their financial tools to manage risk.
Registration for the conference is $25 and includes a copy of the book “Farmer Jane – Women Changing the Way We Eat” and lunch. The deadline to register for the event is February 18 by mail or online.
Women farmers and producers, supporting spouses and aspiring farmers are encouraged to attend. Agriculture students and farm interns are also welcome to participate.
Website registration is now available online at www.womeninag.wsu.edu. To receive a print brochure in the mail, locally contact Janet Schmidt, WSU Whitman County Extension, (509) 397-6290 or Cinda Williams, University of Idaho Latah County Extension, (208) 883-2267 or Margaret Viebrock at (509) 745-8531 or viebrock@wsu.edu. The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the WSU Extension Western Center for Risk Management Education.
Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may call the site facilitator Janet Schmidt, (509) 397-6290. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee the availability of accommodation on site. Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.
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