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 Growing Your Successful Farm Business
Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Twenty statewide locations make it local; topic makes it relevant
Washington State’s women farmers have a unique opportunity to attend a locally based statewide agriculture conference offering speakers, practical advice, and collaborative discussion on how to improve farm management skills in addition to networking opportunities with other women ‘farmtrepreneurs’.

“Growing Your Successful Farm Business” will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 20 different locations throughout the state – click the orange "Statewide Locations" button to the right to find a location near you. The conference begins at 8:00 am with a light breakfast and ends at 4:00 pm with a catered lunch included.

“Women are uniquely tasked with the demands of farm, family, even a job, which can make long-distance travel a challenge,” said WSU Douglas County Extension Director and conference chair Margaret Viebrock. “This new approach allows us to offer our headline speaker at all locations, while also giving each site the opportunity to customize programming to address the farming challenges unique to that region.”


Keynote Speaker:
Trini Campbell
Riverdog Farm





Register with the site nearest you!
Contact Donna Rolen, donna.rolen@wsu.edu for any registration questions


Keynote speaker Trini Campbell, owner of Riverdog Farm in Guinda, California, will share her experiences of beginning her farming in 1990 on two rented acres to now owning a diverse 500-acre organic farm in the prime agriculture area called the Capay Valley just north of San Francisco. Campbell will discuss her strategies for facing farming’s multiple challenges of managing labor, financial planning, and dealing with crop loss and market instability, while still maintaining a balance with family obligations.

Another session focuses on helping producers become better prepared financially to take advantage of opportunities to grow as well as survival techniques during economic downturns. This session, lead by a financial expert in each location, will focus on working capital and what it means to your farm. According to Viebrock, women producers have the skills to grow their crops, but have requested help with financial management to help them make better farm business decisions and how to use financial records to improve the bottom line.

Registration for the conference is $25 ($35 after Feb 18) and includes a copy of the book “Farmer Jane – Women Changing the Way We Eat,” and a catered lunch. For a list of locations, links to register online, and/or download a registration form, visit www.womeninag.wsu.edu.

Some need-based scholarships are available, contact Margaret Viebrock for an application.

For more information contact:
Margaret Viebrock, Conference Director
WSU Extension
(509) 745-8531

We hope to empower women in agriculture to achieve goals and manage risk through education, networking and technology.







This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2010-49200-06203.


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