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Conference Empowers Women in Ag and Business

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:56:04 CDT

Conference Empowers Women in Ag and Business

The 2014 Oklahoma Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference aims to empower women to solve issues and concerns of importance to them, their families and communities. This year's conference will be taking place August 7 - 8 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Sara Siems is an Extension Assistant for Risk Management Education at Oklahoma State University and she serves as the state coordinator for the event says this conference offers women a well-rounded educational experience.

"I think this conference is great for women in agriculture in Oklahoma because the topics really span the gamut," Siems said. "We have traditional agriculture topics, we have alternative enterprise topics so people interested in honey bees or herb production, we also have business and finance topics for women that want to learn more in that area as well."

This year's keynote speakers are Jane Jenkins-Herlong, a professional speaker, Amazon "best-selling" author and humorist, and Matt Rush, a fourth-generation farmer and cattle rancher and professional speaker who conducts leadership and motivational seminars. A number of concurrent sessions will be offered during the conference. Siems says the sessions set out to build awareness and skills.

"Women really do have an have a very active role on the farm, whether or not they give themselves credit for it," Siems said. "So I think just really knowing their job and knowing the value of it is really important...and we try to give them the tools they need to step up and do that."

Post-conference training features will include the Farm Transition workshop, led by OSU agricultural economists Rodney Jones and Shannon Ferrell. The workshop is for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a successful farm transition. The workshop is free for conference participants.

Cost is $50 per participant if registering by Aug. 1 and $60 thereafter. Registration includes two breakfasts, two lunches, all refreshment breaks, conference materials and an optional post-conference training Aug. 8 from 2-5 p.m. on farm transitions and estate planning. The Moore-Norman Technology Center is located at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

Click here for registration forms and additional information or by calling the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics at 405-744-9826.

The two-day event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and numerous sponsors who have helped keep costs low to participants.


Ron Hays visits with Sara Siems about the 2014 Conference
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