Women in Clay County are encouraged to grow their agricultural horizons by attending the West Virginia University Extension Service Women in Agriculture conference slated for Oct. 20 to 21 at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV.
It’s a great opportunity for our local female farmers to continue to grow as innovators and entrepreneurs. West Virginia’s female farmers have a significant impact on the state and local economies — in fact, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture, female farmers in our state had an economic impact to the tune of $62 million last year.
Those numbers can’t be ignored, and the WVU Extension Service Women in Ag team wants to equip female farmers from the area for more success when it comes to running and managing their farms.
The Women in Ag conference is tailored specifically to women, as conference organizers find that women generally learn differently, with an emphasis on hands-on, peer-to-peer learning. In every track, there’s a successful, female mentor who runs her own farm in West Virginia to learn from and talk to.
The conference theme this year is “Stepping Up,” a loving challenge to women to enhance and refine management practices on their farms and take more leadership positions in agriculture organizations across the state.
The charge to step up is even worked into the conference schedule — registered participants will be sent an email encouraging them to bring related items, such as farm records or soil testing results, to spur discussion and give them tailored advice on the topic that they can take home and implement immediately.
Organizers noted that risk management is a large part of the program, and specific sessions help women identify and put a plan in place to manage risks in their operation — everything from human resources to marketing and legal considerations to actual agricultural production.
More information and registration for the conference can be found at http://extension.wvu.edu/conferences/wia.
Scholarships for the conference are available courtesy of conference sponsors, including Nationwide Insurance and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Those interested should contact Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service agricultural economics specialist, at 304-293-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding the conference in general, contact conference chair Stacey Huffman at 304-788-3621 or email@example.com.
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