The 2008 Women Managing the Farm Conference is scheduled for Feb. 8-9, 2008, to be held at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Conference Center in Hutchinson, Kan.  

Titled "Celebrating Ag Women," the conference is designed for women who are sharing agribusiness decisions with their farmer or rancher spouse and for women who have either inherited or are purchasing a farm or acreage or choosing agriculture as a career.

The womens' conference concept provides educational opportunities in an environment that fosters understanding of agribusiness and opportunities to network with others who face similar challenges and decisions, says Kristy Archuleta, conference coordinator. The conference is the fourth in a series for women in agribusiness.

This year's conference keynote topics and their speakers include:

"Surviving Family Farming Whitewater," presented by Don Jonovic, a business consultant who frequently speaks on farm business management and guiding transitions for family farms. Jonovic has more than 30 years of experience in advising business owners, and has established his own professional consulting practice, Family Business Management Services in Cleveland, Ohio.

Celebrating Ag Women," presented by Elizabeth Kinney, a KTUL television news reporter in Tulsa, Okla. Kinney, a former Miss Oklahoma, was raised on a farm, and has been active in farm-youth organizations such as FFA.

"Relax! Your Most Important Management Skill is Self Care," presented by Charlie Griffin, an associate professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.  Griffin is the director of Programs for Workplace Solutions and the Kansas´ Rural Family Helpline. He is knowledgeable about crisis and stress management.

The conference will include a resource fair and 20 concurrent workshops on topics such as planning and managing a family business meeting; evaluating insurance needs; bio-economy; creating educational opportunities for agriculture in the classroom, and food, nutrition and health tips for busy agribusiness professionals.

Early registration, due by Feb. 1, for the two-day conference is $75 per person, after that date the registration fee is $90. A partial (one-day) registration is $50. Registration includes conference sessions and materials, meals (two lunches, a dinner, and a breakfast) and refreshment breaks. Registration, more information and a limited number of scholarships are available at www.womenmanagingthefarm.info and by calling (866) FARM-KSU or (866) 327-6578. 
  
A block of rooms at a conference rate ($71) is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center (800) 362-5018 or (620) 669-9311.    

Source: Kansas State University

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Ag Conference for Women Presented on Feb 8-9

The 2008 Women Managing the Farm Conference is
scheduled for Feb. 8-9, 2008, to be held at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Conference Center
in Hutchinson, Kan. Titled "Celebrating Ag Women," the conference is designed for women
who are sharing agribusiness decisions with their farmer or rancher
spouse and for women who have either inherited or are purchasing

a farm or acreage or choosing agriculture as a career.

 

The conference will include a resource fair and 20 concurrent
workshops.Registration, more information and a limited
number of scholarships are available at www.womenmanagingthefarm.info and by calling (866) FARM-KSU or (866)
327-6578.