To aid women who are helping to grow the nation’s food supply whether by design, marriage or inheritance, the Women Managing the Farm Conference is slated for February 4-5, 2016, in Manhattan, Kansas at the Hilton Garden Inn. "Her AgriCULTURE Story - Wisdom, Stewardship, Heritage" is the conference theme.

Over the two days of the conference, presentations regarding business planning, health, managing employees and more will be interspersed with opportunities for networking and learning from others attending the conference.

The WMF Conference has been developed for all women involved in an operation from the full-time manager to the absentee landowner needing a bit of insight about managing their investment.

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, Kansas
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

"Presenting the Benefits of Agricultural Biotechnology for Farmers - Reactions from Chinese Farmers and Agribusiness"  
Terry Vinduska
Past chairman of U.S. Grains Council and farmer, Marion, Kansas

Terry 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.