Empowering Farm Women Topic of NFU Conference

27 03 2012

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2012) – Most businesses would struggle to survive if they lost half of their management team overnight. Yet for thousands of families, an illness or injury to one spouse can leave the other feeling lost and frustrated.

Based on the well-respected “Annie’s Project” education program, a conference for farm and rural women is being organized by National Farmers Union (NFU). The event, set for June 21-23, will provide participants with tools and information to confidently manage risks in their farm or ranch operations.

“Since the days of homesteading, women have been the cornerstones of family farm agriculture,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Yet, too many women have not had the opportunity to gain an understanding of or experience in farm risk management.”

A variety of trained instructors will teach family farm finances, budgeting and cash flow, cooperatives, marketing, farm transfer and estate planning, business planning, leadership assessment and skills, generational issues, and action planning.

The conference will be held at the NFU Education Center at Bailey, Colo. The $150 registration will cover camp-style lodging in the Rocky Mountains at the NFU Education Center, catered meals, and conference materials. Those interested in participating are urged to register early as capacity is limited. Full payment must accompany registration and be postmarked by May 18.  More information and registration details are available at  www.nfu.org/education.

“Annie’s Project” also helps women find new ways to balance the demands of family, community and professionalism within the agricultural community. The conference is sponsored by Farm Credit, CoBank, FUI Foundation and the NFU Foundation.

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