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26th Annual Women in Ag Conference planned Feb. 17-18 in Kearney

KEARNEY, Neb. – Nebraska women will discuss “Taking Charge of Our Future” Feb. 17-18, 2011, at the Kearney Holiday Inn.

Nebraska women will find dozens of workshops, “funshops” and networking to help them take charge and reinvigorate themselves for the future, said Cheryl Griffith, Women in Ag conference spokesperson.

The two-day conference begins Feb. 17 with 9 a.m. registration followed by a 10 a.m. welcome and keynote speaker Gloria Schaefer.

One of three speakers, Schaefer, a professional communicator, motivator, and team builder, has a passion for helping others tap into their own inner excellence. Schaefer connects with the audience, encouraging them to believe in themselves and maintain a positive outlook on life. She is sponsored by Reinke Manufacturing.

On Feb.18, Lynette Brown, extension assistant from Furnas and Harlan counties, takes a humorous look at agriculture, discussing why “A Little Ag Won’t Hurt You.”

From Hyannis, Neb., entertainer Georgeann Wearin will be the capstone speaker on Feb. 18. Sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, Georgeann shares the woman’s point of view on the ranching way of life through her unique humor and music.

Participants will be able to choose from more than 35 different workshops over five sessions throughout the two-day conference. Topics range from animal welfare advocacy, business feasibility, farm pet health, crop insurance and marketing, to Smart Phone applications, reading maps for government programs and managing with arthritis on the farm.

As in the past, optional evening “funshops” are available with two, two-hour sessions offered with a goal of networking and fun.

Early bird registration of $90 per person is due by Feb. 4. Beginning Feb. 5, the fee is $110. The fee includes workshop materials, registration, breaks, and four meals.

To register or for more information about the conference, including a complete list of workshop and speaker bios, conference sponsors, booths and lodging information, visit the Women in Ag Web site at http://wia.unl.edu and register on-line. Participants can also call (800) 535-3456, fax (402) 472-0776 or mail Women In Agriculture, UNL Agricultural Economics, 304 Filley Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0922.