WV Farm Bureau Magazine August 2015 - Page 11

WVU Extension Service’s Women in Agriculture Conference Equips Female Farmers with Tools for Fruitful Farm Enterprises With more than 9,000 female farmers in West Virginia, West Virginia University Extension Service acknowledges and embraces the large impact women have on the state’s agriculture industry. In an effort to equip female farmers with the tools they need to succeed, WVU Extension Service is hosting the second annual Women in Agriculture Conference, October 23—24, at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia. Singh-Knights said that female farm producers can benefit significantly from attending the conference because it covers a vast array of relevant subject matter to help cultivate a bright future for their farm enterprise. With four conference education tracks—livestock, horticulture, farm finances and farm niches, and a dozen sessions—participants can tailor their conference experience to their specific farm enterprise needs. The conference provides the state’s female farmer population the opportunity to gain valuable industry knowledge through networking, informational workshops and leadership development opportunities. There will be a pre-conference farm tour on Friday, October 23, which visits several local farms that incorporate food and hay production, showcase effective marketing strategies and much more. Cost for the tour is $35 and includes dinner. Participants can opt for the networking dinner only for a cost of $25. “Women farmers in West Virginia are crucial in preserving small farms, improving the local food system, and enhancing rural economic and social development,” said Doolarie Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service agricultural economics specialist and cocoordinator of the West Virginia Women in Agriculture team. WVU Extension Service’s Women in Agriculture Conference help women farmers develop entrepreneurial skills today, while WVU Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development programs work cooperatively to help secure the future of West Virginia’s farm industry through agriculture education and services. WVU Extension Service’s Women in Agriculture conference of