Helping to reinforce the ties that bind farm families together is the goal of the third Farm Family Enrichment Conference, Feb. 2 to 4, 2001, in West Des Moines, IA.

Conference co-sponsors Successful Farming magazine and Bayer Corporation understand that raising a family on the farm and working with family members are important benefits of farming. However, farm life also can be challenging, even daunting. That makes it even more important for farm families to continually re-examine and strengthen these relationships.

This years program features several popular speakers, including: Don Jonovic, Successful Farming columnist and a family business adviser; Jolene Brown West Branch, IA, farm woman, professional motivator and humorist; and Kendra and John Smiley, East Lynn, IL, farmers who specialize in helping others enrich and strengthen their marriages.

All speakers will focus on helping families manage the stresses associated with farming, among them; planting the transition of ownership from one generation to the next maintaining food communication between family members and balancing work and leisure time; handling work-related conflicts between family members; making family living and farm work adjustments for off-farm jobs; and setting family and using goals and incorporating new ideas and methods into the operation.

One unique feature of this year's Farm Family Enrichment Conference will be the "Eye to Eye: Ask the Advisers" session, with Jonovic, Brown and the Smileys. Farmers can visit the Website, www.agriculture.com, beginning in November, for a sneak preview of Brown's humor and advice.

A farm family panel will share their struggles and successes with those in attendance, and special Saturday night entertainment will feature entertainer and motivator Frank Miles. An optional Fellowship of Christian Farmers breakfast will be held Sunday, Feb. 4.

The 2001 Farm Family Enrichment Conference will be held at the University Park Holiday Inn, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Cost for those who register by Jan. 5, 2001, will be $50 per individual, $90 per couple and $40 for each additional family member. Cost to those registering after Jan. 5 is $75 for a single, $125 for a couple and $65 per additional family member. In addition, early registrants will qualify for discounted room rates. Call the hotel by Jan. 5 to take advantage of these special rates.

The Farm Family Enrichment Conference will help farm families gain a new perspective of family and business relationships, while helping them meet the challenges of merging family and business with a new energy and optimism.

For more information or for conference registration materials, call 1-866-897-6993.

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