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Billings to host Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture

MONTANA USDA: Register now for Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Symposium in Billings Sept. 23-25

14th Annual Women's Agricultural Leadership Event to Be Held at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Mont.

(BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 11, 2014) — Registration has opened for the 14th annual Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Symposium in Billings on Sept. 23-25, said USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Bruce Nelson, this year's chair of the USDA Food and Agriculture Council in Montana.

This year's symposium will be held at the Big Horn Resort in Billings. The event, hosted by USDA agencies and agricultural groups, rotates each year to various communities across Montana.

The symposium will give women involved in promoting Montana's agriculture the opportunity to learn about issues affecting Montana's rural agricultural communities, promote leadership development and further support women's leadership roles within those communities. Topics for discussion include Farm & Ranch Transition, Soil Health Record Management, Technology in Ag-Apps, Key Agriculture & Inspiring Speakers, Local & Fresh Food Preparation, Farm Bill Updates & much more.

Registration cost $60 prior to Sept. 5 (postmarked) and $75 after that date. The registration form, which includes agenda highlights and lodging information, is available online the Montana FSA Website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/2014_wsfa_registration.pdf. Those interested in attending can also request a registration form at any USDA service center office in Montana.

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The symposium is hosted by: USDA Food and Agriculture Council, Montana Agri-Women, Montana Cattlewomen, Montana Farm Bureau Women, Montana Woolgrower Women, Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE), Montana Beef Council, Ag in Montana Schools, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Montana Department of Agriculture and Montana Farmers Union.

For more information, contact Nikki Rife at nakaya.rife@mt.usda.gov or 406-429-6646.

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