Women in Agriculture conference planned

WENATCHEE – Nearly three dozen sites, including Nespelem, are part of the Women in Agriculture conference set for Oct. 27.

Sites are in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. The conference features speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and practical advice for learning new skills.

The theme is “Pump Up Your Financial Fitness.” It focuses on strengthening the farm operation with a healthy cash flow.

The Nespelem session will be at the Washington State University Extension learning center, 22 Nespelem/San Poil St. Another location is the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Way, Wenatchee.

Registration is available at www.womeninag.wsu.edu.

Nearly 600 women attended last year’s conference, said Douglas and Chelan County Extension Director Margaret Viebrock, who is chairwoman of the conference.

“Many attendees reported it is the best conference for women producers because it presents practical information they can use right away,” she said.

The day’s lineup includes Robin Reid, farm economist, and LaVell Winsor, farm analyst, both with Kansas State University. Both speakers are also farmers and understand the importance of sound record keeping.

Sarah Beth Aubrey, author, farmer and owner of Aubrey Coaching and Training, will provide the tools to help women be successful and profitable doing what they love most. Her message is about new ways to prioritize and balance the work between, farming, family and personal time.

Each location will have a local panel of women farmers who have been successful in their financial management methods.

The conference is designed for women in farming, plus new and aspiring farmers. Supporting spouses, students, interns or people who own an agriculture-related business are also welcome, organizers said.

A fee will be charged to attend. Conference registration includes the workshop, light breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

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