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Denim and Diamonds Women in Ag Workshop is April 5


The Denim and Diamonds Women in Agriculture Conference will serve up useful information, humor and advice on April 5 at Sidney, running from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 664 Chase Blvd, Sidney.

The conference 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. Call 308-254-4455, email Extension Educator Karen DeBoer at, or visit

Keynote speaker Bea Fiala of Grand Island will talk about the healing powers of humor and the ways to experience humor throughout the day. Fiala began sharing humor with audiences after attending a women's conference about humor in 1996, when she was suffering from a bad back and Fibromyalgia. A speaker asked, "What would you like to be if you could be anything you wanted?" Her response: a stand-up comedian. Her appearance is sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.

Other topics and speakers will include:

Government Program Updates: Speakers will include Brad Fraass, Cheyenne County executive director with the USDA Farm Service Agency; Kristin Miller, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Sidney; and Rod Horn, general manager of the South Platte Natural Resources District--headquartered in Sidney.

Pinterest for Your Business: Connie Hancock, UNL Extension educator in Cheyenne County, will explain what Pinterest is and why to use it for business. She will discuss setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact, and how to create pin boards. Pinterest is now the third most-popular social network in the United States, behind Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian's Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report.

Severe Weather Survival: Dan Carlson started his meteorology career as a TV weatherman in Minneapolis. In 2004 he was recruited as a writer for Cabela's and later joined the Cabela's Safety Committee and formed the Severe Weather Spotter Team while also serving on the company's Emergency Response Team.

Should I Sell? Should I Store? Jessica Johnson, Extension educator in Agricultural Economics at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, will cover the basic steps to developing a proactive grain marketing plan, including developing marketing goals, fixed price marketing tools, post-harvest marketing options and marketing plan exit strategies.

Producers' Panel: Speakers will include Beth Kokjer of Fanny's Fruit Farm east of Gurley, a you-pick it patch with raspberries and strawberries; Rick and Jennifer Rutherford of BeeHaven Farm Roadside Market near Kimball, which carries locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, crafts, baked goods, fresh eggs, cheese, soaps, baked goods and meats from surrounding farms and ranches; and Jamie and Jessica Carpenter of Sisters Grimm, a community gathering place in a renovated barn in the village of Bushnell with used books, antiques, art, and local craft items, coffee and tea.

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; 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.

Date: 3/25/2013


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