Women in Agriculture Conference April 8 at Sidney

Women in Agriculture Conference April 8 at Sidney

Information, inspiration, and advice are on tap at the Women in Agriculture Conference:  Improving Agriculture, Improving Lives, scheduled for Friday, April 8 at Sidney.

The event will run from 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, 664 Chase Blvd.

The conference is intended for women

  • who are involved in day-to-day farm and ranch business decisions,
  • who want to learn more about farm and ranch management;
  • who are landowners; or
  • who want to broaden their knowledge of agribusiness.

Topics will include:

  • Take Charge of Your Health: Women Working in Agriculture – Sharry Nielsen, Nebraska Extension Educator, and Ellen Duysen, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, will cover the unique safety and health challenges that ag women face. Participants will learn how to talk to their health care provider about their risks. Women are frequently multi-tasking with family activities and off-farm work, making stress management a significant problem. They will learn to build their tool box of resources and personal protective equipment so they are ready to protect themselves.
  • Aging Gracefully: Women’s Health at 30, 40, 50, and Beyond – Dr. Jennifer Brown, Sidney Regional Medical Center, will talk about what women go through at the different stages of life. Brown will include nutrition and exercise information for each decade of life, as well as reminders of the national screening guidelines for women.
  • Government Program Updates – Rod Horn, General Manager, South Platte Natural Resources District; Kristin Dickinson, District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service; and Brad Fraass, Executive Director, Cheyenne County USDA Farm Service Agency, will give the latest updates on government programs.
  • Yard Trees for Western Living – Rachel Allison, Nebraska Forest Service, North Platte, will share how to enjoy the benefits of selecting, planting and caring for shade and ornamental trees for the home.
  • Sell or Store? Grain Marketing – Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Educator, Ag Economics, will discuss some grain marketing issues.  Prices go up, and prices go down. When should you sell? Many farm families have a hard time “pulling the trigger” when it comes to selling grain. Participants will better understand marketing signals and develop a grain marketing plan for their operation.

The $35 registration fee covers conference materials, breaks, and lunch. Advance registration is due by April 1, after which the fee is $45. Registration forms and more information are available in the program brochure, at the Nebraska Extension office at 920 Jackson St. in Sidney; at (308) 254-4455; by emailing Karen DeBoer, Extension Educator at kdeboer1@unl.edu; or at http://ckb.unl.edu/.

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