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Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Women in Ag Conference to Take Place in OKC
Empowering women and providing educational tools to help them succeed in their agricultural endeavors is the goal of the upcoming Women in Agriculture and Small Business conference slated for Aug. 4-5 in Oklahoma City.

“Women in the agricultural field usually don’t have a lot of local counterparts,” said Sonya McDaniel, Oklahoma State University Extension educator and director of the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension office. “This conference will bring together women who walk the same walk they do.”

Four educational tracks have been developed, including agricultural production, alternative enterprises, beginning farmer and business and finance. The tracks will feature a total of 24 informative breakout sessions on everything from record keeping, farm to food production and farmers markets to building healthier soil, preventing plant diseases and estate planning.
Feedback from previous events indicated the participants found it beneficial to have time to network with others.

“There will be something for everyone, from beginning farmers/ranchers to established operators,” Bir said. “We’ll talk about traditional topics and enterprises, such as cattle, as well as diverse enterprises and new ways of interacting with customers.”

Typically seen as a male-dominated industry, women are coming to the forefront in agriculture, and roles are changing.

“Women have always been involved in agriculture, but now more women own their own operation or have official management roles in a larger family operation,” said Courtney Bir, OSU Extension farm management specialist. “We hope this conference will help these women answer questions and spark new ideas.”

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