Women in Agriculture Seminar to be offered Friday March 20th   

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Are you a woman who is involved in agriculture?  Are you actively farming, working in the industry or married to a farmer?  If so, then we have the conference for you! Join us for a one day seminar for women in agriculture.

Join over 200 women for the annual bi-state Women in Agriculture Conference on Friday March 20th at the daylong conference at Jumer’s Casino and Hotel, 777 Jumer Drive, Rock Island.  This year’s featured speaker is Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech. `Dr. Kohl will speak about personal family budgets/living expenses, record keeping, investing in the future, advice on forming advisory teams and much more!

The conference planning committee is offering a Thursday night dinner and conversation  with Dr. Kohl. The Women in Agriculture Conference Committee would like to invite Women in Agriculture attendees and their spouses  or guests to attend this evening designed just for farm couples. 

The evening will begin with a social hour featuring a cash bar beginning at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by Dr Kohl’s presentation “ Building Resiliency and Agility” . Kohl will discuss financial management and strategic factors that will position your operation and personal lives to be resilient.

Friday breakout sessions will include:

  • Coalition to support Iowa Farmers: Speaker- Rita Cook, Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers
  • Farm Leases: Speaker – Tim Harris, Capital Ag Property Services
  • Work, Balance, Life: Speaker- Jennifer Best, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Consumer Dialogue vs. Producer Monologue: Speaker- Linda Olson, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Marketing “It’s What Sets You Apart”( Marketing 101) AND “Does this Marketing Plan Look Good on Me? (Marketing 201): Speaker- Cathy Ekstrand, Stewart-Peterson Group
  • Vegetable Gardening: Speaker- Martha Smith, University of Illinois Extension
  • Environmental Issues Facing Agriculture: Speaker- Lauren Lurkins, Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Food Preservation: Canning: Speaker- Vera Stokes & Rachel Walls, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach


For the 1st time ever a live “Confessions of a Farm Wife” Podcast with Holly Spangler, Emily Webel, and DeAnna Thomas will be the final wrapup on Friday.


Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. Friday’s conference will begin with opening comments at 8:30 a.m.  Our closing session and send off should conclude by 4:00 p.m.

The cost of the Thursday evening program will be $30 per person (spouses and guests are invited).   The cost for Friday’s conference is $50, which will include a light breakfast and a buffet luncheon. Registration materials must be received by February 28. Any registrations received after February 28 will be $60. Walk-ins the day of the conference will be charged $75.  Seating is limited.  To register, contact the Rock Island County Farm Bureau office at (309) 736-7432 or online at www.womeninagricultureconference.com.

If you need a hotel room, Jumer’s is offering a special rate for conference participants on Thursday night. To make your reservation, call 800-477-7747 by March 6th  and ask for the Women in Agriculture Conference in March 2015.

River Valley Cooperative and John Deere are Platinum sponsors and original sponsors to this conference. Conference planning committee leadership is brought to you by the Bureau, Carroll, Fulton, Henry, Knox, Lee, Mercer, McDonough, Rock Island, Stark, Warren-Henderson, and Whiteside County Farm Bureaus in Illinois as well as the Scott County Farm Bureau in Iowa.  Additional support is provided by Iowa State Extension, and University of Illinois Extension , 1st Farm Credit Services, Gold Star FS /GROWMARK, COUNTRY Financial,  and River Gulf Grain are also sponsors of this conference.