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Extension to host ag risk management conference for women


Women from across Missouri are invited to the second Women in Boots and Blue Jeans Ag Risk Management Conference to be held at five locations, beginning March 6 in Columbia.

Mary Sobba, University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist, said women from across the state have expressed a need for such conferences.

"This is another great forum for women in agriculture to get together to learn about the business of farming and network with others in like situations," said Sobba, who is one of the conference planners.

The topic for this year's conferences is "Issues of Owning and Renting Agricultural Land."

The featured speakers are Karla Diaz and Joe Koenen. Diaz, an attorney who grew up on a family farm in Missouri, will talk about reducing farm liability risks.

Koenen, an MU Extension agriculture business specialist, will speak on boundary issues and Missouri fence laws.

Conference dates and locations are March 6, Columbia; March 19, Kirksville; April 3, Savannah; May 1, Mt. Vernon; and Aug. 24, Carrollton. The day-long conferences will be similar in format and schedule, Sobba said.

The $35 registration fee covers lunch, breaks and conference materials. A complete program agenda and printable registration form are available at extension.missouri.edu/boots. For more information, call the Audrain County MU Extension Center at 573-581-3231.

The Women in Boots and Blue Jeans Ag Risk Management Conference is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency and is sponsored by MU Extension with the USDA's Farm Service Agency and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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