Thursday, November 17, 2016

News Release - Her AgriCULTURE Story: Change, Adapt, Grow


Women represent central roles in the agricultural heritage that builds and sustains communities throughout the world. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, women are the principal operators of 6,783 farms in Kansas, and there are 25,611 total women farm operators in the state. With consideration for the many important roles women have in agriculture, leaders from various Kansas ag organizations established the Women Managing the Farm Conference to encourage women to come together and develop the knowledge and skills needed for success in a competitive agricultural environment.

“Her AgriCULTURE Story: Change, Adapt, Grow” is the theme of the next Women Managing the Farm Conference, planned for February 9-10, 2017, in Manhattan, Kansas. The event will bring together women from many sectors and proficiencies in agriculture and provide them with insights for building their agricultural story and managing their farm investment. During the two-day conference, attendees choose from more than 30 presentations covering many agricultural topics, including farm finances, agricultural and estate law, production, marketing, management, relationships and health.

Sessions are designed to keep women informed of the latest advancements in the farming community, and networking sessions are tailored to agricultural partners, independent producers, helpers, absentee landowners, industry career women, business managers and women with family in the military.

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on the afternoon of February 8. Options include tours of Hildebrand Farms Dairy and Liquid Art Winery, managing finances using Excel or Quickbooks and maximizing productivity with ag technology systems. Harnessing the Power of Excel is a hands-on workshop that will allow attendees to 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. A Farmer's Guide to Quickbooks will provide participants a hands-on introduction to QuickBooks as a farm business bookkeeping program. These preconference sessions have limited seating, so early registration is vital.

General session presenters include David Kohl, President, AgriVisions, LLC, who is an agricultural finance and business management specialist; and Kristy Archuleta, family therapist and Director of Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University. Kriss Avery, an Emmy award-winning music and sound designer, concludes the conference by sharing how her journey and passions are deeply rooted in her rural Kansas upbringing.

By making plans early, participants can save $50. The early bird registration fee of $130 is available through December 9. After that date, the regular registration fee of $150 goes into effect until January 19. Late registration is $180.

In addition, a limited number of scholarships are available for the conference. Applications for full and partial scholarships are due by December 15, 2016.

Women Managing the Farm Conference information, registration dates and scholarship applications are available at womenmanagingthefarm.info or by calling 800-432-8222.

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by Janel Koons, PR Committee Co-Chair

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Call for Posters for 2017 WMF Conference


Submission deadline is February 1, 2017


Proposals are now being accepted for posters at the 2017 Women Managing the Farm Conference. The poster session will be the afternoon of Thursday, February 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, Kansas.


AUDIENCE
This conference targets women who are engaged in all segments of agriculture. Examples include but are not limited to: farm owners, farm renters, absentee farm owners, farm partners, livestock producers, crop producers, farm helpers, business managers, agriculture industry professionals, and those who want to start a farm.

POSTER SIZE
Poster must not exceed 4-ft. X 4-ft. (122 cm X 122 cm). Foam core display boards will be provided by the conference.

NUMBER OF POSTERS
Currently there is no limit on the number of posters an individual can bring. However, if poster submissions exceed space, conference organizers reserve the right to move to a selection process, in which case those posters that best fit the conference theme will be given priority.

SET-UP
Poster set-up will be available at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 9. All posters must be in place by 2:30 p.m. and remain in place until 5 p.m. Display boards and push pins will be provided. Adhesive materials are not allowed.

POSTER SESSION SCHEDULE (tentative)
The conference has two designated poster viewing sessions, at 2:45-3:15 p.m. and 4:05-5 p.m. (times are tentative) Poster presenters must be present by their posters during those times. During the conference breakout session from 3:15-4:05 p.m., poster presenters are welcome to attend any of the breakout sessions offered at that time.

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
There is no charge to participate in the poster session on February 9. If you would like to attend the entire Women Managing the Farm Conference, you must register for the conference.

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS

Handouts with a miniature version of your poster plus more detailed graphics, tables and text are encouraged. 

The following information is requested on the poster submission form:

  • Poster title
  • Brief description (no more than three sentences)
  • Presenter(s) and affiliation(s)

Poster Submission Form

WMF Conference Scholarships Available

Application deadline is December 15, 2016


A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2017 Women Managing the Farm Conference. Applications for full and partial scholarships are due December 15, 2016. The following information is requested on the online application form:
  • applicant contact information
  • farm income based on a selection of income ranges listed on the form
  • number of acres farmed, and whether land is owned, rented, or both
  • number of people in household
  • whether you have off-farm or supplemental income
  • types of crops/livestock you produce
  • role you play on your farm operation (partner, business manager, helper, homemaker, independent producer or absentee landowner)
  • brief description of how a WMF scholarship would benefit you
  • letter of recommendation supporting your application (Letter may be submitted with scholarship application or sent separately by email to debbieh@k-state.edu or by fax to 785-532-6190. Additional details are on the submission form. The application is not considered complete until both the application and the letter are received.)

Applicants will be notified in early January of the scholarship award.

Scholarships to attend the Women Managing the Farm Conference are made possible by WMF partners and individual donors.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Debbie Hagenmaier, conference coordinator, at debbieh@k-state.edu.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Submit a proposal for a conference breakout session


We are accepting proposals for breakout session presentations at the 2017 Women Managing the Farm Conference on February 9-10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, Kansas. The deadline for submitting proposals is September 1, 2016 with final decisions and notifications made by mid-October.

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 (75-word limit)
  • 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)
  • Brief presenter bio
  • Presenter contact information or contact information for person nominating a presenter

Submit Proposal

Monday, May 11, 2015

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