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Extension to host Women in Agriculture Conference


Internationally known speaker Matt Rush is to give the keynote at the Women in Agriculture Conference Jan. 29 in Guymon.

"We're very lucky to have a speaker of this magnitude for our first conference," says conference coordinator Arleen James. "It's to our benefit that he has personal ties in Guymon."

Rush's roots in agriculture are deep. He is the fifth generation in his family to be a farmer and cattle rancher. Since the time he was a child this is all that he ever wanted to be and he's never wavered from that dream. His family has been farming and ranching in New Mexico since the early 1900s and he currently partners with his dad on their cow-calf and farming operation.

The first speech Rush ever gave was the FFA Creed, where he ended up winning second in the state and his first "Blue and Gold" jacket. To support his farming habit, he spends the winter months traveling the country speaking to groups on leadership skills as well as preaching the importance of American agriculture. He has won numerous awards and has traveled nationally and internationally motivating, entertaining and inspiring his audiences. He has been an invited guest of the White House and has been honored on the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives. In 2003 he was selected as the Students in Free Enterprise Alumnus of the Year and in 2005 was chosen as one of four "John J. McCloy" fellows to represent U.S. Ag on a three week exchange program with Germany.

According to his website, "To this day, the only thing that Matt is more passionate about than farming and ranching is reminding people everywhere that American agriculture is the best in the world and that those of us in agriculture must reintroduce ourselves to the American public and the nations of the world."

In the speakers own words, "There never has been, nor will be, a story that I love to tell more than that of American agriculture. I'm proud to tell people that I'm doing the same thing that my grandfather's grandfather did and we're better now then we've ever been."

He currently serves as the president of the Roosevelt County Farm Bureau, and is a member of the New Mexico Beef Council, the American Farm Bureau's Foundation for Agriculture Board of Directors, the Berean Children's Home Board of Directors and is a member of the Church of Christ.

In Guymon we are to be honored with the chance to hear Rush speak at the Women in Agriculture Conference, sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Extension Office. Agriculture women from the five-state area are invited. It is scheduled to go from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and is being held at the Victory Memorial Methodist Church, 6th and N Roosevelt, Guymon.

Conference workshops include Estate Planning, Agritourism, Business Plans, Alternative Enterprise of Goat Ranching, Social Media, and Making Sense of USDA Programs. For more information on the conference, contact Arleen James at the Texas County OSU Extension Office, 580-338-7300.

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