Oklahoma State University
    Oklahoma’s Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference

    The Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business conference was held on August 6 & 7 of this year at the Moore Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City. The conference began with Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Reese, providing the conference welcome. Opening remarks were followed by keynote speaker, Marjorie Alaniz of the “FarmHer” project which showcases women in agriculture. The two-day event was sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES), USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA), and numerous other sponsors including agricultural lenders, organizations, and small businesses. The goal of the conference is to provide agricultural producers and small business owners access to top-notch specialist and information in order to help them manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions.

    The event also included keynote speaker, Carrie Mess of the popular “Adventures of Dairy Carrie” blog, a Wisconsin dairy farmer and farm “agvocate”. 20 concurrent sessions were offered from three tracks: agriculture, alternative enterprises, and business & finance. The 2015 conference experienced record turnout with over 220 attendees. Participants had the opportunity to attend one of two post-conference trainings: managing farm transitions or education on the Made in Oklahoma program. Both post-conference trainings were well attended. The farm transition workshop was led by OSU's Dr. Rodney Jones and Dr. Shannon Ferrell and the Made in Oklahoma Program workshop was led by Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry’s Market Development Coordinator, Julie Sears.

    The 2016 conference has been slated for August 4-5.