Opportunities for women in agriculture will highlight the 2009 Women Managing the Farm Conference. The event is scheduled for Feb. 12-14 at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center in Hutchinson, Kan. The theme of the conference, "The Changing Face of Agriculture," will set the tone for the meeting.

“The annual conference provides the opportunity for women to come together and network with other women who have similar interests and challenges,” said Kristy Archuleta, conference coordinator. Archuleta is an assistant professor at Kansas State University School of Family Studies and Human Services.
This year´s conference will focus on five areas including legal, financial, production, price, and human risk. The event will feature four keynote speakers:

  • Glen Muske, professor and interim associate dean, Oklahoma State University. As the keynote speaker, he will explore the topic of networking.
  • Sarah Fogleman, a former Kansas State Research and Extension agricultural economist, will speak on family relations and the farm.
  • Charlotte Shoup Olsen, a Kansas State Research and Extension family systems specialist, will share tips for effective personal and professional communications. 
  • Juli Burney, a humorist with an agriculture background from Nebraska, will offer an entertaining perspective: "Cleverly Cultivating Change."  

In addition to the primary speakers, 25 breakout sessions and a tradeshow will be offered.
"Any woman who is involved in agriculture as a profession, as a producer, farm partner or landowner can benefit from this conference," Archuleta said. The 2008 conference attracted more than 300 women involved in agriculture and agribusiness.
Cost to attend the conference is $85, and includes all sessions, conference materials, two lunches and one breakfast. For registration and more information, click here or call (866) 327-6578.

A few scholarships may be available for Farm Credit customers or Kansas Farm Bureau members. A limited number of rooms at a discounted conference rate may be available at the Grand Prairie Hotel and Convention Center. For reservations and more information, contact the hotel at (800) 362-5018.