OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) — A two-day conference scheduled for August 4-5 in Oklahoma City is expected to benefit women involved in agriculture and other agriculture-related businesses large and small, organizers say. .
According to a statement, educational “tracks” planned at the Women in Agriculture and Small Business forum will focus on agricultural production, finance and more, with 24 breakout sessions planned on everything from building a healthy soil to keeping agricultural records to operations of farmers markets. Participants should also benefit from many networks.
“We spent a lot of time networking and getting women to be social and connect with other women in agriculture across the state,” said Sonya McDaniel, an extension educator at the University. of Oklahoma State. “We also have several inspirational speakers who will speak about the influence of women in the agriculture industry in Oklahoma communities. It’s not because you are a producer of a small territory that you cannot have a big impact in the agricultural world.
Courtney Bir, agricultural management specialist at OSU Extension, said the conference is expected to attract women into all aspects of agriculture.
“There will be something for everyone, from first-time farmers and ranchers to established operators,” Bir said. “We’ll talk about traditional topics and businesses, such as livestock, as well as diverse businesses and new ways to interact with customers.”
According to the organizers of the event, women are emerging at the forefront of an industry that in the past was dominated by men.
“Women have always been involved in farming, but now more women own their own farms or hold formal leadership positions in a larger family farm,” Bir said. “We hope this conference will help these women answer questions and spark new ideas.”
For more information, contact McDaniel at 405-273-7683 or email [email protected]
The $75 entry fee increases to $125 after July 13. The full agenda is available online.