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The Oklahoma Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference is scheduled for August 3-4, 2017 in Oklahoma City at the Moore Norman Technology Center located on South Penn Ave. in Oklahoma City. The focus of the two-day conference is to assist women producers in successfully managing risk for their agricultural operation and/or small business. Over 25 concurrent sessions will be offered. Some highlights include:
  • Pest management
  • Oklahoma weather considerations for farming
  • Cattle size: how it matters
  • Improving soil health
  • Tips for fruit and vegetable growers
  • Beekeeping
  • Aquaponics (and many more)
Keynote speakers include Dr. Pamela Ronald of UC Davis and Lauren Nelson, co-host of Discover Oklahoma. Concurrent sessions will be led by practitioners and experts in their fields, among them agricultural producers, business entrepreneurs, OSU Cooperative Extension educators, university specialists and more!

Registration scholarships available
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) has donated a limited number of scholarships to cover registration for educators! Scholarships will be given on a first come basis. For questions or to register with the scholarship, call Sara Siems at 405-744-9826.

Opportunities for informal networking between participants and interaction with conference experts often lead to personal and professional inspiration, ideas and solutions. The two-day event is sponsored by USDA’s Risk Management Agency, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and numerous other sponsors who have helped to keep cost low to participants. The cost to attend is $50 if registering by July 31 and $60 thereafter. Students receive half price registration at $25. Registration includes two breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks and materials. More conference information, link to online registration and the full agenda can be found under the “Statewide Conference” tab to the left.

ODAFF Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry (ODAFF), in collaboration with Oklahoma State University, is continuing to recognize Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture. The initiative is designed to honor and recognize numerous women in agriculture across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the industry ranging from producers to educators, leaders to entrepreneurs, veterinarians to board members and many more.

If you’d like to preview the questions view the pdf of the survey here . All nominations must be submitted online here. Please submit nominations by September 30. A selection committee will continue the process of identifying nominees to be recognized as Oklahoma’s Significant Women in Agriculture.

For more information, contact Betty Thompson, betty.thompson@ag.ok.gov, 405-208-2850.

 

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