Our meeting room was welcoming and beautifully decorated. The breeze way outside the meeting room was host to several local South Dakota vender booths. These gals were selling rope art, , mixed media art, jewelry, purses, pottery and goat milk products. The Women In Ag (WIA) committee members also had a booth selling bling hats and turquoise scarves. It was a great way for ladies to mingle and shop.
Our first speaker was, from North Dakota State University. Dr. Stokka’s presentation was titled Stewardship: A Philosophy of Life, Culture and Business. He took the dictionary definition of stewardship one step further by sharing his idea of what we need to do in agriculture to maintain our lifestyle, preserve our rural culture and remain a sustainable business. Dr. Stokka is passionate about sharing the fact that farmers and ranchers are doing our part to feed the world by caring for animals through responsible resource management and prudent use of technology. He also encouraged us to think about re-engaging in the discipline of animal husbandry and philosophy, in addition to animal science. Dr. Stokka emphasized that producers need to articulate the purpose of what we do, engage with each other as well as non-ag consumers.
Sally Amtmann, Senior Area Business Manager at Zoetis, did a training on DiSC. DiSC is a study of behavior styles. Conference participants completed a personal assessment by thinking about and choosing the word that most and least describes themselves. After tallying up the results we were assigned a personality profile: D-dominance, I-influencing, S-steadiness or C-conscientiousness. As a group we discussed strengths and weaknesses of each behavior and how to relate and adapt to people with each profile.
Thursday evening was all about fun and creative learning. Ranch and Farm Wives enjoyed wine and chocolate tasting and/or an ice cream social. “Love Bundles” were put together as a pay-it-forward project. The bundles included basic toiletries that will be distributed to local woman’s shelters. Many ladies enjoyed a relaxation massage and had the opportunity to make a 15 minute table runner. Back by popular demand was Design Your Own Jewelry. The gals from Shaviq brought all kinds of beads and stones for making jewelry. Jodene Shaw did a multi-media art class titled “Note to Self. This is the activity I participated in. We used modge podge and a variety of art supplies to make a personalized inspirational art piece.
was our Friday afternoon speaker. In John’s session we talked about the challenges of being a farm/ranch wife and women involved in agriculture. We did a lot of small group work discussing what “dragons” we have in our lives and how best to tactfully sleigh them. Ag women discussing “Fighting the Invisible Dragon” is one inspirational experience.
Each WIA conference I attend is a learning experience, a chance to exchange ideas and a time of personal growth. Women involved in agriculture are a passionate and inspiring group of people. The WIA committee members do a great job of putting on this conference and pampering attendees with good food, fun activities and door prizes.
The above picture is of the gals from my County that attended WIA. Unfortunately, we are missing a couple girls that should have been in this picture. I have to extend a thank you as many of these gals are followers of this blog and I always enjoy seeing and visiting with them in person.