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Women in Agriculture conference set for April 4

“Visualize what’s Important to You” is the theme of the Women in Agriculture Conference April 4 at Sidney. Expert speakers will share humor, knowledge, and helpful advice about farm, home, and health.

The conference (9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 664 Chase Blvd.) is for women involved in farm and ranch business decisions, who want to learn more about farm and ranch management, who are landowners, or who want to broaden their knowledge of agribusiness.

The $30 registration fee covers conference materials, breaks and lunch. Advance registration is due by March 28, after which the fee is $40. Registration forms and more information are available at the UNL Extension office at 920 Jackson Street in Sidney. Phone 308-254-4455, email Extension Educator Karen DeBoer at kdeboer1@unl.edu , or browse to http://ckb.unl.edu.

Keynote Speaker Kim Wolinski, of Longmont, Colo., is known as Dr. DeClutter. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is the author of “Letting Go with All Your Might,” and has been a speaker, trainer and priority coach for more than 35 years. Her appearance is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Wolinski will speak on two topics. In “When Life Gives You Lemons,” she uses her expertise on change, stress, time management and organizational skills to help audiences re-decide what’s not working and jumpstart them on their best visions, dreams and outcomes, big and small, for life and work. In “Burn Your House Down!,” participants will learn the easy-to-follow keys to organizing anything, how to keep it that way, and laugh about it.

Other presenters and topics include:

Current Land Value & Rental Rates: Jessica Johnson, Extension Educator in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, will cover trends in rental rates and land values. She will discuss the driving forces that have led Nebraska’s farm-land owners to experience record high prices and what to expect in 2014.

Bee Pollinators & Food Production: David Lott, Extension Educator based at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, will share the value of pollination by bees in food production. Lott will also discuss sustaining bee habitats and diversifying landscapes to increase bee habitats, nectar and pollen plants.

“Color Your Plate” with Fruits and Vegetables: Jeanne Murray, Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska located in Alliance, will help everyone add more color to their plates. The “Color Your Plate” with Fruits and Vegetables session will look at current consumption levels; why we need the different colors; and ways to add those colors.

Growing Vegetables in a High Tunnel: Karen Runkle, owner of Lil’ Ladybug Gardens south of Hay Springs, will talk about the things that have worked well; challenges that they have had and the changes they have made; and things that they will never do again. She will also share their process for growing tomatoes from seed to market.

Numerous vendors will have booths set up.

Conference sponsors include UNL Extension in Cheyenne, Kimball and Banner Counties and the following businesses and organizations: Adams Bank & Trust, Chappell and Lodgepole; American National Bank, Sidney; Farm Credit Services of America; Farm Service Agency Federal Crop Agency, Chappell; Points West Community Bank, Chappell, Kimball, and Sidney; FirsTier Bank, Kimball; Points West Community Insurance, Kimball; Sidney Federal Savings & Loan, Sidney; Great Western Bank, Sidney; Security First Bank, Sidney; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; USDA Farm Service Agency; and South Platte Natural Resources District.

– UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center

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