April 1, 9am–3pmWhere
R.G. Drage Career Technical Center 2800 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, Ohio
Out of 19 Ohio counties that have more than 500 women farm operators, 10 are in the state’s eastern half. That’s one reason why OSU Extension has organized the East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference since 2014.
Registration is $55, or $30 for students, which includes lunch and a continental breakfast. Information is available online or by calling 740-622-2265. The registration deadline is March 18.
This year’s conference features a keynote address, “Growing Confidence, Connections and the Next Generation,” by Sereana Howard Dresbach of Dresbach Consulting and her daughter, Megan Dresbach of W.D. Farms Inc.
Conference breakout sessions will focus on:
Finance, including sessions on creating a business plan, separating business and personal finances, and diversifying farm operations.
Livestock, including sessions on sheep and goats, biosecurity practices, and regulations and marketing of eggs, meat, poultry and cottage foods.
Special Interest, including reducing use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, growing fruit, and organic agriculture.
Food and Family, including sessions on downsizing households; first aid on the farm; and fast and healthy meals and snacks.
Partner Agencies, including presentations from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, and USDA Rural Development.
A networking fair will begin the day, and an additional session geared to young women in agriculture will be offered in the morning.
OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.