NRCS state conservationist addresses American Agri-Women
"Rushing West to Seek Our Fortune in Agriculture" was this year's theme for the American Agri-Women's National Convention. Denver, Colo., hosted some 100 women in attendance for the five-day meeting. Participants conducted annual business meetings, engaged in educational workshops; toured historical landmarks, farms, and agribusinesses; and shared in keynote addresses presented by Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar; Farm Service Agency Colorado State Executive Director Trudy Kareus; Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist for Colorado Phyllis Ann Philipps, and many more.
"It was a pleasure to have been asked to speak during the Agri-Women's convention," says Philipps. "Agriculture is one of our nation's most important industries generating over $4 billion in revenue annually for Colorado alone. It's also one of the state's most important landscapes. Ag lands and the conservation of our natural resources are often the foundation and are always critical to the quality of life we all enjoy."
Philipps was among the panelists who shared insight and updates on the emerging farm bill, which is an authorizing piece of legislation that governs an array of agricultural and food programs and is renewed about every five years. Others presenters discussed Ag in the Classroom, Farm Business Strategies and Planning, and opportunities for women within FSA.
The American Agri-Women Association begin with just four states over 30 years ago and today hosts 50 states and commodity affiliate organizations as well as individual members throughout the country. The group represents tens of thousands of women involved in agriculture with activities in making a difference in legislative and regulatory matters at the local, state, and national levels. The group has also been instrumental in student and consumer education about agriculture.
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