On Saturday March 19, the Washington County Farm Bureau hosted its first annual Women in Ag Forum. Community members from four counties gathered to learn from speakers and network with other like-minded individuals.

Lyndsay Biehl from Wildroot Flower Company was featured as the keynote speaker of the day. She spoke about developing a marketing system focused on making a profit. After lunch the participants went to break out sessions. Sessions were led by Amber Peck from Washington County Career Center, Kenny Bach from the Beekeepers Association and Amanda Bohlen from OSU Extension.

A woman who attended said, “It was nice to attend a woman-led event. I developed community connections and was able to learn new things along the way.”

The Washington County Farm Bureau Women in Ag Committee looks forward to putting on more programs like this in the future. The forum was open to Farm Bureau members and the public. The planning committee intends to grow this program and has already started planning for another Women in Ag Forum in 2023. If you have an interest in future Women in Ag programs or other programs put on by the Washington County Farm Bureau, please email [email protected].

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