Women in Agriculture Conference coming

The Purdue Women in Agriculture team will host its 2017 Women in Agriculture Conference Feb. 22-23, with a pre-conference financial workshop Feb. 21. The conference will be held at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth.

The Feb. 21 pre-conference session is entitled, “Using the Farm Financial Suite to Make Decisions during Tight Margins.” The seminar will cover three main areas: business climate, assessing financial position, and monitoring and improving financial performance. Dr. Jim Mintert and Dr. Michael Langemeier from Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture will lead the session.

Registration is $30 by Feb. 8, or $15 with Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference registration. You may bring your own financial information (schedule F and most recent year’s beginning and ending balance sheets) to input into the financial analysis spreadsheets.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, attendees will be treated to three educational sessions to be chosen based on attendee’s interest, plus a keynote speaker and other activities. The keynote will be Dr. Paige Pratt, with Kansas Farm Bureau, talking on, “Family Farm Transitions: The Good, The Bad and the In-Laws.” That evening, Indiana FFA’s Southern Region Vice-President, Emily Daugherty, will offer an inspirational talk titled, “Realizing a New Vision for Agriculture.”

On Thursday, Feb. 23, Dr. Tamara Benjamin will update everyone on Purdue’s new Diversified Food and Farming Systems initiatives, created to support the needs of operators of smaller, diversified and specialized farms in Indiana. Two additional educational sessions will take place.

The cap note speaker on Feb. 23 will feature Laura Daniels from Heartwood Farm in Cobb, WI. She will speak on, “Using baler twine & barn lime to live a life with purpose.” These images are metaphors for values and the little things in life that make a difference.

Along with planned activities, the opportunities and benefits of networking with others should not be under-emphasized. “Every year, women who attend this event tell us that they really appreciate the social support,” says Kelly Heckaman, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator for Purdue Extension Kosciusko County. “It means a lot to know that you’re not alone, that there are others with the same experiences and challenges as you. Women come and say they learn, they network, and they make new friends.”

Registration for the event is $90 per person for both days of the conference and $80 for one day if paid before Wednesday, Feb. 8. After that day, registration is $140 for both days and $115 for one day. The pre-conference session is $15 to attend in addition to the main conference, or $30 if attended independently.

Lodging is available at Swan Lake Resort, (800)935-5616 or swanlakeresort.com. Mention the group Midwest Women in Agriculture.

Participants may download registration forms at http://bit.ly/PurdueWIAForm.

For more information, call Heckaman at (574) 372-2340 or email: kheckaman@purdue.edu.

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