The first Midwest Women in Agriculture conference will take place on March 21. The Purdue University-sponsored event focuses on the needs of women on the farm and in agribusiness. It will take place at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

"We hope that women leave this conference with a renewed sense of their importance, a new optimism about their ag business and confidence to try new ideas or enterprises," says Kelly Easterday, Purdue Extension educator.

Jolene Brown, a professional speaker and farmer, will present the keynote address, the "Top 10 Stupid Things Families Do to Break Up Their Farm Operation." She also will lead a session titled, "Who's Hiding the Humor?"

Other topics include:

  • Marketing your farm product.
  • The future of agriculture in the 21st century.
  • Farm and family living expenses.
  • Land use and neighbor relations.
  • Profit robbers within the farm.
  • Investing outside of agriculture.
  • Working with your lender.
  • Home and farm safety.

Easterday points out the conference's objectives are to define women's roles in making the farm or agribusiness profitable as well as to build a support network among women in agriculture.

The conference is March 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The registration fee is $50 after March 1. For information or to register, visit, or contact Easterday at (219) 372-2340, e-mail