My good friends KJ (middle) and Miss J (right) attended the conference with me. Here we are at the Prairie Berry Winery for the pre-conference wine tasting. This was my third conference, Miss J’s second and KJ’s first. To say we had fun, may be an understatement!
Women in Ag is a perfect way for Farm and Ranch Women to get away from home and do something for themselves. We build relationships, make connections, share ideas and listen to inspirational speakers. Through these activities we learn more about ourselves, embrace our inner strength and grow.
Here I am with Miss J and fellow blogger!
The environment is fun, relaxing and inspiring. The stories we share are personal, embarrassing and heartfelt. The ladies do not judge as we have been there and can relate. We share to let each other know that “I am the only one” is not a valid thought.
Every person we meet has a story. A unique tale about where they are, how they got there and where they are going. Many women in the crowd are cancer survivors, some are widows, and others are young mothers. We all have a passion for Agriculture.
Miss D and J went to college together. We met for the first time at Women in Ag three years ago.
Faces of Agriculture was the them for this year’s Conference. The faces in the crowd cover several areas of Agriculture and span across four generations. Many of ladies work at home with their husbands. Also in the crowd were Ag Journalists, Extension Specialists, Crop Adjusters, Farm Service Agency Officers, Bankers and Loan Officers, one gal source and age verifies cattle and another works as a Vet Tech. Don’t forget the women who work in non-ag fields to help support their families. Hair dressers, paralegals, secretaries and entrepreneurs were also in attendance.
This is a picture of all the Ladies in our county and the neighboring county that attended this year’s conference.
The planning committee set up a panel discussion titled Finding Your Place in Agriculture. It was an interesting discussion and look at non-traditional ways of making a living in agriculture.
This gal was on the panel. She is retired from working for the Federal Government and is currently trying to raise grapes for vinegar. Her young daughter raises chickens and sells organic eggs.
It’s exciting to have the opportunity to attend a quality conference like South Dakota Rural Women in Agriculture. These events are a great way to celebrate the bonds of women, exchange ideas, and take time to do something for ourselves.