Monday, February 15, 2016

2016 Conference Presentations Available

Presentations from this year's conference are now available! On the Conference Agenda web page, click the presentation title to view the online presentation. If a title does not have a link, either the presentation did not use slides or the author did not give consent to post the information presented.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Early registration rate available through January 29!

The early registration rate for the Women Managing the Farm Conference has been extended through January 29. Register now to receive the $150 early rate!

REGISTER NOW

Monday, January 11, 2016

Reminder: Scholarship Application Deadline is January 15

A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2016 Women Managing the Farm Conference. Applications for full and partial scholarships are due January 15. 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 785-532-2422. 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 by January 20 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.

We are no longer accepting scholarships for the 2016 conference.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Call for Posters for 2016 WMF Conference

For the first time, a poster session will be offered at the WMF Conference. You are invited to submit a poster proposal. Poster session information follows.

POSTER SESSION TIME, DATE & LOCATION
Thursday, February 4, 2:30-5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, Kansas

CONFERENCE THEME
Her AgriCULTURE Story: Wisdom, Heritage, Stewardship

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 size must not exceed 4 ft. x 4 ft. (122 cm X 122 cm). Foam core boards for displaying posters will be provided by the conference. Depending on size, one or two posters may be placed on each board. 

NUMBER OF POSTERS
Currently there is no limit on the number of posters an individual can bring. However, if poster submissions exceed space the 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 4. Posters must be set up by 2:30 p.m. and remain in place until 5 p.m. Poster boards and push pins will be available for mounting posters. Adhesive materials such as Velcro and tape are not allowed.

POSTER SESSIONS
The conference has two designated poster viewing sessions on Thursday, February 4: 2:45-3:15 p.m. and 4:05-5:00 p.m. Poster presenters must be at their poster during those times. During the conference breakout session from 3:15-4:05 p.m., poster presenters may attend any of the six breakout sessions offered at that time.

CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE
There is no charge to participate in the poster session during the designated times on Feb. 4. If you would like to attend the entire Women Managing the Farm Conference, you must register for the conference (registration fees apply).

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS
Handouts with a miniature version of your poster plus more detailed graphics, tables, and text are encouraged. If you have questions about the Poster Session, please contact Kerri Ebert at 785-532-2976 or kebert@ksu.edu.

The following information is requested on the poster submission form:
  • contact information for lead author
  • co-authors
  • type of poster (research, extension, both or other)

SUBMIT PROPOSAL



Thursday, December 10, 2015

2016 Conference Registration Now Available

Her AgriCULTURE Story - Wisdom, Stewardship, Heritage

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

Registration is now open for the 2016 conference. Register by January 22 to receive the $150 early registration rate.

REGISTER NOW

WMF Scholarship Applications Due January 15

A limited number of scholarships are available for the 2016 Women Managing the Farm Conference. Applications for full and partial scholarships are due January 15. 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 785-532-2422. 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 by January 20 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, 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 - This session is full. You may request to be added to the wait list when you register for the conference.
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.

Growing Grain Knowledge: Safety from Farm to Plate

As producers, we know that the U.S. grows the safest, most affordable food in the world. How do we assure customers that they can feel confident eating the foods we produce? This session will cover issues from on-the-farm safety to marketing the safe foods we grow.

Brandi Miller, IGP Institute, will present on grain engulfment safety. Why does engulfment happen? What should you do if someone becomes entrapped on your farm?

Dr. Bill Schapaugh, Kansas State University soybean breeder, will then take a look at the science perspective behind seed technologies. He will discuss plant breeding in general, including GMOs and conventional plant breeding and the process and safety measures in place. He will emphasize what makes something ‘biotech’ and the differences, similarities, pros/cons of the different plant breeding methods. 

Terry Vinduska, Kansas Corn Commission, will share information he presented during last fall's U.S. State Department/U.S. Grains Council-sponsored mission to China. He will relate the reactions he received from individual Chinese farmers and agribusiness cooperatives that manage large farms. K-State faculty introductions of biotech benefits and the questions that Terry was asked by Chinese who in many cases are told what they can plant by the government will surprise those who have not visited China or interacted with that nation's farmers. Terry will also share photos from the mission as well as his personal observations.


Finally, participants will get some food safety tips for preparing foods in their own homes.