Women in Agriculture program planned for March 22

Staff report

SIDNEY — The fourth annual “Growing Women in Agriculture, an Empowerment Celebration” event will be held on March 22, 2018, from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hall, 33 Elm St. in Fort Loramie.

The evening is a unique blend of educational and fun agriculture information that specifically targets women in the local community. The cost is $20 per person. A portion of the fee will support women in crisis. The registration deadline is March 9 with breakout sessions being filled on a first come first served basis as registrations are received.

Carrie Mess, author of the agriculture blog “Dairy Carrie” will be the keynote speaker. Mess grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, with no real ties to agriculture and then she met a guy …. From there, her love affair with agriculture and her husband began. They now farm with his parents on their dairy farm outside of Madison and she began blogging to tell their story and agricultures story to all who will listen.

In addition to Dairy Carrie, sessions are planned with Farm Credit Mid-America’s Bev Kremer. She is speaking about “what to bring to the table” when working on financing.

Olive Wagar, of Organized by Olive, will give tips to organize lives both at home and at work. Dr. Dee Jepson from Ohio State Univerity will be discussing assigning kids tasks on the farm, and how parents incorporate them into their activities safely. The final break out session is being taught by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on self-defense techniques. They will give tips and advice on being more aware of your surrounding and techniques to defend yourself.

For additional information or to register, download the registration brochure at www.ofbf.org/counties/shelby or call Jill Smith, organization director for Shelby County Farm Bureau at 877-775-7642 or Lynda Adams, education coordinator for Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District at 937-492-6520, ext. 117 for information or to have a brochure mailed to you.

Since 2007 the number of women in agriculture has increased by 7 percent in the United States. With this evolving statistic in the industry, many new avenues for the community and state have developed in order to, and this event provides an opportunity for the local communities rising agriculture leaders.

Staff report