In order to be successful in the role of farm operator, farm women need educational resources to assist in risk management decisions affecting farm profitability and quality of life. The Midwest Women in Agriculture conference was designed to meet the needs of women in agriculture by addressing the personal, family, and farm issues affecting their lives, families, and farm businesses. The 2006 conference based on prior success was expanded to two sites, north and south, to allow more women to participate. Conference topics focused on family communications, marketing strategies, starting a business, farm profitability, human resource management and timely risk management topics. 170 women attended reporting increased confidence, morale, motivation, and identified resources to successfully deal with risk management decisions immediately following the conference. Six months after the conferences 12 women have started a marketing plan and investigated a new business, and 49% increased their participation in marketing decisions.
Number of Participants: 170
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