The Farm Women’s Symposium will head east to take in the sights and sounds of agriculture in Port Huron March 8-10. Women involved in many phases of agriculture will gather at the Blue Water Convention Center to not only learn, but also develop valuable networks and friendships to help them through another year in farming.
This year’s keynote speaker is Canadian Elaine Froese of Manitoba. She will talk about dealing with difficult situations and people. The first 112 to register will receive a copy of her e-book “Do the Tough Things Right.”
Michelle Neff of Michigan State University Extension will present “Real Colors.” Participants will learn the strengths and weaknesses of their own color personality type.
After lunch Froese will continue with “Farming’s In-Law Factor.” Farming with family means conflict avoidance is not an option. She will also provide advice on dealing with financial stress and depression. Participants will hear from a panel of farm bloggers from Michigan on how they are connecting with consumers. The day will wrap up with an informative presentation on how to actually weather a storm. A local farmer will share his experience with the disaster that can come with a Michigan tornado, and his insurance agent will share tips on building an insurance policy to help you protect your assets when Mother Nature attacks your farm.
Buses will head out Thursday morning for a tour of the Croswell and Yale areas. Several local businesses will open their doors for the group’s visit. Tour guests will enjoy learning about the processing of beet sugar at Michigan Sugar Co. and have a peek at winemaking in Croswell. After a full day of touring, the group will enjoy the annual banquet, complete with entertainment.
Sarah Black, Michigan Farm Bureau director of Public Policy and Commodity Division, will provide a legislative update on Friday morning. Daren Williams of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will lead a hands-on workshop on building trust with consumers. Wrapping up the 2017 program will be comedian and dairy farmer Tim Moffett of Florida.
Registration is open to everyone. A limited number of scholarships are available for GreenStone Farm Credit Services members; contact your local GFCS office or Wanda Skinner at 800-255-6458 for more information. For questions about Michigan Corn Grower member scholarships or for more details on the 2017 Farm Women’s Symposium, contact Agnes Talaski at 989-670-7811 or Sheryl Oswalt at 269-330-2529.
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