Western Nebraska Women in Ag Conference April 4

Western Nebraska Women in Ag Conference April 4

"Visualize what's Important to You" is the theme of the Women in Agriculture Conference April 4 at Sidney. Expert speakers will share humor, knowledge, and helpful advice about farm, home, and health.

The conference is for women who are involved in farm and ranch business decisions, are landowners or want to learn more about farm and ranch management, or who want to broaden their knowledge of agribusiness.  The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 664 Chase Blvd.

Speakers and Topics

Keynote Speaker Kim Wolinski, of Longmont, Colo., is known as Dr. DeClutter. She has a master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is the author of "Letting Go with All Your Might," and has been a speaker, trainer and priority coach for more than 35 years. Her appearance is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Wolinski will speak on two topics. In When Life Gives You Lemons, she uses her expertise on change, stress, time management and organizational skills to help audiences re-decide what's not working and jumpstart them on their best visions, dreams and outcomes, big and small, for life and work. In Burn Your House Down!, participants will learn the easy-to-follow keys to organizing anything, how to keep it that way, and laugh about it.

Other presenters and topics include:

Current Land Value and Rental Rates: Jessica Johnson, Extension Educator in Agricultural Economics at the UNL Pahandle REC in Scottsbluff. Johnson will cover trends in rental rates and land values,the driving forces that have led Nebraska's farmland owners to experience record high prices, and what to expect in 2014.

Bee Pollinators and Food Production: David Lott, Extension Educator at the West Central REC at North Platte, will discuss the value of bee pollinatin to food production,  sustaining bee habitats, and diversifying landscapes to increase bee habitats, nectar, and pollen plants.

Color Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables: Jeanne Murray, Extension Educator in Box Butte County, will help everyone add more color to their plates. This session  looks at current consumption levels, why we need different colors; and ways to add those colors.

Growing Vegetables in a High Tunnel: Karen Runkle, owner of Lil' Ladybug Gardens south of Hay Springs, will talk about the things that have worked well; challenges that they have had and the changes they have made; and things that they will never do again. She will also share their process for growing tomatoes from seed to market.


The $30 registration fee covers conference materials and lunch. Advance registration is due by March 28, after which the fee is $40. Registration forms and more information are available at the UNL Extension office at 920 Jackson Street in Sidney. Phone 308-254-4455, email Extension Educator Karen DeBoer at kdeboer1@unl.edu, or visit the website at http://ckb.unl.edu.

March 24, 2014