KSU Workshop Series “Risk Management Skills for Women in Agriculture”


By STACY CAMPBELL
Cottonwood Extension District

On farms large and small in the state of Kansas, the number of women involved in decision-making on farms and ranches is increasing. In this context and especially given the ups and downs of the agricultural economy, Kansas State University and the Cottonwood Extension District will host two sites for the series of workshops aimed at helping women hone their risk management skills.

The K-State Research and Extension program, Cottonwood District, will run in a series form, so each evening session builds on material from previous sessions. Participants register at a cost of $ 50 for the entire series. The fees cover all meals and program materials.

Sessions, every Wednesday, are scheduled for January 12, January 19, January 26, and February 2, with an optional session on February 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be held in Hays, at the Meeting Room Extension Office, 601 Main Street and Great Bend at American Ag Credit, 5634 10th Street. Sessions will include a mix of broadcast keynote speakers as well as local speakers.

The registration deadline has been extended to Friday January 7 online at www.agmanager.info under “events” or contact the Hays office 785-628-9430 or Great Bend 620-793-1910.

Topics will include business budgets (determining production costs), crop insurance, stress and resilience, crop marketing, family communication, Farm Bill programs, and cow / calf business budget. .

There are 36 locations in the state that host this series, to find the one closest to you go to the Ag Manager website listed above.

More than 25,500 women are farm makers in Kansas. They farm over 14 million acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture. Overall, in 2017, 36% of all agricultural producers in the country were women, up from 31.5% in 2012. Fifty-six percent of farms had at least one female decision-maker.

“Women in agriculture will be specifically targeted for these workshops,” said Stacy Campbell and Alicia Boor, Cottonwood District Crops and Livestock Officers and K-State Research and Extension. “They tend to be an underserved demographic, but are often involved or only perform risk management tasks for the operation. Teaching them the skills to help supplement company budgets, make crop insurance decisions, help relieve stress on farm families, as well as understand Farm Law programs.

The program is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the North Central Extension Risk Management training.

Don’t delay, the registration deadline has been extended to January 7 on www.agmanager.info under “events”.

Stacy Campbell is the Agricultural Production Extension Officer in Cottonwood District (which includes Barton and Ellis counties) for K-State Research and Extension. You can contact him by e-mail at [email protected] or by calling 785-628-9430.

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