Women who farm are target audience for ag conference

Between 250 and 300 people are expected to attend the sixth annual Women Managing the Farm conference Friday and Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

The conference is aimed at women who own farms and their family members, as well as those just interested in farming.

Sessions cover financial planning and financial software, crop insurance programs, farm lending, interfamily communication, managing spring calving, and how to divide up the family inheritance, among others.

There will be plenty of time for attendees to network, said Jennie Bracken, a loan officer with American AgCredit who is helping with the conference.

Some at the conference are wives or daughters who suddenly inherit primary management of the family farm, she said, but most are women who just want to know more about farm operations.

"We really encourage ladies involved in ag to attend," Bracken said. "Maybe they think they don't have time or they don't have an important role on the farm, but their role is very important to their operation. They can gain a lot of knowledge and contacts from the conference."

For more information, go to , contact the Extension service office at 316-660-0100 or the USDA Service Center at 316-721-6127.