February 26, 2010

Women in Agriculture

If you’re in Kearney today, watch the streets, because there are over 350 women in town dedicated to agriculture! The 25th Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference got started yesterday with Michele Payn-Knoper, nationally-known public speaker and founder of Cause Matters, Corp, speaking about “Celebrating Agriculture”. Michele (@mpaynknoper) approached the concept of connecting women in ag with their role on the farm or ranch and how they can promote agriculture. She emphasized the importance of social media in agriculture and the role women have with this, as the largest growing population on Twitter is women over the age of 50.

There was several conversations with women about social media. Some were worried or reluctant to get started, but it was a great way to get the conversation started of using social media to promote agriculture and food production to consumers.

Women attending the conference are provided several workshop session options in agriculture ranging from communication and advocating for agriculture, managing farm records and risk with the farm business, and specifics on livestock, landscaping, computers, and health.

The Women in Agriculture program is a cooperative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the UNL Department of Agricultural Economics, and in-part sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board. For more information on the program, visit the Women in Ag web site.

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