Feb 8, 2017Michigan to host Farm Women’s Symposium
Farm Women’s Symposium will head East to take in the sights and sounds of agriculture in Port Huron, Michigan. March 8-10, women involved in many phases of agriculture will gather at the Blue Water Convention Center.
This year’s keynote speaker is Elaine Froese of Manitoba, Canada. Froese will give participants information on dealing with difficult situations and difficult people. The first 112 to register will receive a copy of her e-book “Do the Tough Things Right.” Michelle Neff of MSU 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.” 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 weathering the 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. Tour guests will learn about the processing of beet sugar at Michigan Sugar Company and have a peak at wine making in Croswell. An annual banquet with entertainment will follow the tour.
Sarah Black, Michigan Farm Bureau director of public policy & 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.