Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Three pre-conference tracks announced

Women Managing the Farm conference attendees have the option of arriving on Feb. 3 and spending the afternoon at one of three unique workshops. Details about the pre-conference tracks are below. Pre-conference participants can register for the track of their choice when main conference registration becomes available. 

Harnessing the Power of Excel

Rich Llewelyn
Extension Assistant, Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
4 hour workshop

This hands-on workshop will help participants to better utilize the power of Excel spreadsheets. Participants will work on five different exercises in Excel designed to develop skills in mathematical calculations and formulas, including equations for breakeven prices and yields and using what-if analysis. They will also learn to use "Sum", "Sumproduct", "PMT" and "If" functions, link information from other spreadsheets and create and use look-up tables.

The workshop is entirely hands-on, and attendees will use Excel to create four different spreadsheets, including estimation of machinery costs, budgeting and enterprise analysis, calculating principal and interest payments and analysis of livestock economics. Participants will easily and confidently learn Excel skills by executing them in an interactive setting.

Laptop computers will be provided for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. The pre-conference session is limited to 20 participants.

Rich Llewelyn is an Extension Assistant in the Department of Agricultural Economics at K-State. Raised on a farm near Riley, KS, he is a three-time graduate of K-State with a B.S. degree in Agronomy, and a Masters and PhD in Agricultural Economics. He spent 13 years teaching economics and working with urban and rural community development in East Java, Indonesia before returning to Kansas in 2006 to work with the AgManager.info website and departmental conferences. He has also taught the “Price Analysis and Forecasting” course for undergraduate students at K-State and uses Excel in class as well as for a multitude of projects.

How to Handle Cattle… Without Getting Handled

Lucinda Stuenkel
Woman rancher, owner/manager of Sunny Day Farm, Palmer, KS
3 hour workshop

With the right tips, tools and technologies, farmers and ranchers no longer have to rely on physical strength for effective and safe livestock handling. From working chutes to calving, from the routine chores of tagging to weighing, learn tips and tricks to increase your safety and enjoyment – along with animal performance – through lower-stress handling strategies. The women at the Women Managing the Farm Conference can attend this pre-conference workshop to learn how to “handle livestock safely, using less muscle.” 

Lucinda became the manager of her ranch overnight, with the untimely death of her spouse in an automobile accident. Many of the changes on her ranch were made to work safer and smarter, not harder. The techniques in this workshop will also work well for older farmers. Her hope in presenting this workshop is to share her lessons learned; saving other livestock producers the path of trial and error.

Grains and GMOs
Details coming soon!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Propose a session for the 2016 Women Managing the Farm Conference

We are currently accepting proposals for breakout session presentations at the 2016 Women Managing the Farm Conference on February 4-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 2, 2015 with final decisions made by November 15, 2015.

The following information is requested on the online proposal submission form:

  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Name of presenter (may be different from the person submitting the proposal)
  • Presenter's organization, employer or affiliation
  • Description of session, including learning objectives
  • Proposed length of presentation (20 minutes, 50 minutes, or half-day pre-conference workshop)
  • Date(s) available for presentation
  • Target audience for proposed session
  • Risk area covered by presentation (using the USDA Risk Management Agency's categories of risk)
  • Presenter biography
  • Presenter contact information or contact information for person nominating a presenter

Submit Proposal

Monday, May 11, 2015

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Save the Date: 2016 Women Managing the Farm Conference

Her AgriCULTURE Story - Wisdom, Stewardship, Heritage

2016 Women Managing the Farm Conference
February 4-5, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center
Manhattan, Kansas