S.D. rural gals to gather this Oct.

Women in the region have until Sept. 13 to register for the 2013 South Dakota Rural Women in Agriculture conference Oct. 3-4 in Keystone, S.D.

This is a conference that women who live and work in rural America will appreciate. Annually held, the conference is a time for women to do fun, relaxing events while also learning about current topics of importance in the agricultural industry. Of course the networking and social aspect of the conference is the number one highlight with women attending from Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and South Dakota.

What to expect in 2013? Discussion of key agricultural topics including the Farm Bill, Immigration, Easements, Consumer Perceptions and Telling Our Story.

Back by popular demand is jewelry making and shopping in Hill City. New this year is a chance for women to ‘Pay It Forward’ by creating Love Bundles at the conference that will be donated to area women shelters.

Keynote speaker is John Beranek with his presentation “Kitchen Table Wisdom”. He will motivate you and make you laugh with stories of his comical farm family.

Other featured speakers include Katie Pinke talking about the “Real World Agriculture” we live in today; Olga Reuvekamp will discuss her experience as an immigrant coming to work in America’s ag industry with her presentation “Aliens in Agriculture”; and Quentin Riggings will discuss oil, gas, and wind easements.

This is just a small sampling of what to expect at the 2013 conference. More details can be found at the South Dakota Rural Women’s Facebook page. Or contact the SDSU Regional Extension Center in Lemmon, S.D. at 605-374-4177. The conference will be held at K Bar S Lodge and a block of rooms is being held. Book yours by calling 866-522-7724.

–South Dakota Rural Women in Agriculture