By Rebecca Vittetoe–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
WASHINGTON, Iowa – “Setting the Table for Success” is the theme for this year’s Women in Agriculture Conference, to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington on March 26. The event is being hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Washington County office, along with the Washington County Women in Agriculture Advisory Board. “After having to table this event for two years, we are excited to be able to host the Women in Ag Conference this year,” said Rebecca Vittetoe, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach and member of the Washington County Women in Agriculture Advisory Board.
The goal of this year’s conference is to show women of all ages how they can set their table for success in agriculture by surrounding themselves with the right people and resources to make informed decisions. The conference will feature four speakers: Scott Siepker, Iowa Nice Guy; Elaine Kub, grain market economist; Steve Bohr, with Farm Financial Strategies Inc., and Larry Tranel, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Siepker will kick off the conference with a little bit of humor, sharing his insights on how “Setting the Table for Success” starts with who should be around the table, as well as how we can steal from the best and tell our story. Kub will follow, expanding on how women can set their own table for success by examining the makeup and motivations of the grain market’s most influential players, as well as pinpoint some price opportunities for the grain markets in 2022. Bohr will discuss farm succession and transition planning and how to be successful when passing or transitioning the farm to the next generation. Finally, while agriculture and “Setting the Table for Success” may be stressful at times, the final speaker, Tranel, will help give attendees some pointers about how to better manage stress, so it does not manage us.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with networking and socializing until 3 p.m., which will feature a wine tasting. Attendees must be 21 or older for the wine tasting. The registration fee to attend the conference is $25 or $15 for students. A light breakfast and lunch will be included. The early registration deadline is March 17. Late registrations and walk-in registrations will be accepted based on availability and the registration cost jumps to $35 or $25 for students.
For more information or to register, you can call the ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County office at 319-653-4811 or register online at https://tinyurl.com/WIAConf2022. The conference is being made possible in large part thanks to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Azariah and Martha Foster Heritage Endowment, Hills Bank, and other local sponsors.