Women who are independent agricultural producers, farm and ranch partners, managers or record keepers, agribusiness professionals and agricultural helpers will all find something uniquely designed to enhance their role on the farm at the 2011 Women Managing the Farm Conference Feb. 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, Kan.
Helen Norris, who led the committee that selected conference speakers, grew up in Wichita and married into farming. She attended her first agriculture conference for women in 2006.
"I've learned so much," said Norris, who considers the conference "a must because it touches on many aspects of agriculture and, also, allows time for networking with others who share similar challenges and concerns."
The 2011 conference will feature four keynote sessions:
Stewart Kennedy, an agriculture educator, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, will present "Thinking Outside the Jar," with an emphasis on cultivating creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit important to building a successful business.
Dr. Ashley Simmons will present "Change of Heart" and introduce new heart health programs and tips for early detection and reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease.
Anne Burkholder, will present "Sharing Your Personal Story of Agriculture—How to Do It and Why It Is So Important" and explore how agriculture producers can make the connection with consumers.
Ed Bell, a strawberry grower, will present "Dealing With Change and Other Four Letter Words" and offer tools for meeting challenges and overcoming adversity.
Break-out sessions will complement keynotes and social/networking opportunities, Norris said.
The cost to attend the 2011 Women Managing the Farm Conference is $125 if registering before Jan. 28, 2011, or $150 after. Registration includes conference sessions, materials, socials and most meals. A limited number of scholarships will be provided by a Kansas Soybean Commission grant.
More information about the conference, including scholarship applications, is available online: www.togpartners.com/wmf/.