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October 23, 2014
As a partner of the conference Farm Credit is excited to offer a conference with a focus geared towards female agriculturalists. The conference, Nov. 14-16 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, will give female farmers the chance to network, learn farm business marketing and finance “best practices” and improve their leadership skills.
Activities begin with a pre-conference farm tour on Friday, Nov. 14. Visits to several local farms will show participants thriving farm enterprises providing traditional agriculture products, as well as other methods to grow a farm business through agritourism initiatives like community, school and family events. A networking dinner rounds out Friday.
Saturday sessions are divided into four educational tracks – livestock, horticulture, farm finances and farm niches. With more than a dozen sessions ranging from livestock production and liability issues to marketing basics and governmental relations, participants can tailor their conference experience to their specific needs. Be sure to sit in on session three “Financing…A Good Start on the Farm and in Agribusiness” taking place from 1:45-2:35 p.m. presented by Keri Phillips, Farm Credit Loan Officer from Clarksburg. There will also be age-appropriate activities for youths, age 5-18 on Saturday for $15 per child.
The weekend is designed to give farmers and farm service providers the opportunity to gain valuable insight and skills from local experts with real world experience—and to use that knowledge to build and improve their own farm operation through effective management practices.
Early bird conference registration runs through Oct.1 and offers discounted rates of $30 for the pre-conference farm tour, $35 for the conference or $55 for both. Registration fees after Oct. 1 are $40 for the pre-conference farm tour, $40 for the conference or $70 for both. The conference registration deadline is Nov. 1.
Lodging is available for an additional $99/night by calling Stonewall Resort at 304-269-7400. Attendees should mention the conference when booking.
To learn more or register, visit http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/ag-women/wia-conference or contact Brandy Brabham, WVU Extension Agent-Roane County, 304.927.0975.
Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over $1.5 billion dollars in financing to more than 10,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com.
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