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The Rural Women in Ag Conference Educates and Encourages

Melissa Burke
Rapid City, S.D.
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The annual Rural Women in Ag Conference was held September 30th – October 1st at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Spearfish, S.D. The spectacular fall colors of the canyon greeted nearly 60 attendees and helped contribute to a pleasant learning environment.

To kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon, participants divided into breakout sessions in which the choices included how to navigate the social networking cyber highway, preparing nutritious meals in a hurry, and estate planning.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES) Educator Laurie Tangen covered the topic Healthy Meals in a Hurry. She discussed which foods can and cannot be frozen, and displayed several food storage products that have special features to make them airtight. She stressed that when using bags to freeze foods, however, use “freezer” bags rather than “storage” bags.

Tangen provided recipes which can be prepared using a master mix, such as meat sauce. This mix can be made beforehand and then incorporated into other entrees such as sloppy joes or spaghetti.

Stacy Hadrick, also a SDCES Educator, discussed Planning for Your Family’s Future. She says the first step in estate planning is to set goals – especially business goals – and write them down. Then start talking. A number of issues should be addressed, including retirement needs and care of minor children or aging parents. Medical procedures such as life support should be discussed, as should treatment of heirs and the question of who will manage the finances. It may be a good idea to obtain an attorney or estate planner. The most important thing is to get started.

After supper the remainder of the evening was spent enjoying Fun Night. Activities included making table runners, massage, jewelry making, a livestock knowledge quiz, and making magnetic bulletin boards.

The annual Rural Women in Ag Conference was held September 30th – October 1st at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Spearfish, S.D. The spectacular fall colors of the canyon greeted nearly 60 attendees and helped contribute to a pleasant learning environment.

To kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon, participants divided into breakout sessions in which the choices included how to navigate the social networking cyber highway, preparing nutritious meals in a hurry, and estate planning.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES) Educator Laurie Tangen covered the topic Healthy Meals in a Hurry. She discussed which foods can and cannot be frozen, and displayed several food storage products that have special features to make them airtight. She stressed that when using bags to freeze foods, however, use “freezer” bags rather than “storage” bags.

Tangen provided recipes which can be prepared using a master mix, such as meat sauce. This mix can be made beforehand and then incorporated into other entrees such as sloppy joes or spaghetti.

Stacy Hadrick, also a SDCES Educator, discussed Planning for Your Family’s Future. She says the first step in estate planning is to set goals – especially business goals – and write them down. Then start talking. A number of issues should be addressed, including retirement needs and care of minor children or aging parents. Medical procedures such as life support should be discussed, as should treatment of heirs and the question of who will manage the finances. It may be a good idea to obtain an attorney or estate planner. The most important thing is to get started.

After supper the remainder of the evening was spent enjoying Fun Night. Activities included making table runners, massage, jewelry making, a livestock knowledge quiz, and making magnetic bulletin boards.

The annual Rural Women in Ag Conference was held September 30th – October 1st at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Spearfish, S.D. The spectacular fall colors of the canyon greeted nearly 60 attendees and helped contribute to a pleasant learning environment.

To kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon, participants divided into breakout sessions in which the choices included how to navigate the social networking cyber highway, preparing nutritious meals in a hurry, and estate planning.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES) Educator Laurie Tangen covered the topic Healthy Meals in a Hurry. She discussed which foods can and cannot be frozen, and displayed several food storage products that have special features to make them airtight. She stressed that when using bags to freeze foods, however, use “freezer” bags rather than “storage” bags.

Tangen provided recipes which can be prepared using a master mix, such as meat sauce. This mix can be made beforehand and then incorporated into other entrees such as sloppy joes or spaghetti.

Stacy Hadrick, also a SDCES Educator, discussed Planning for Your Family’s Future. She says the first step in estate planning is to set goals – especially business goals – and write them down. Then start talking. A number of issues should be addressed, including retirement needs and care of minor children or aging parents. Medical procedures such as life support should be discussed, as should treatment of heirs and the question of who will manage the finances. It may be a good idea to obtain an attorney or estate planner. The most important thing is to get started.

After supper the remainder of the evening was spent enjoying Fun Night. Activities included making table runners, massage, jewelry making, a livestock knowledge quiz, and making magnetic bulletin boards.

The annual Rural Women in Ag Conference was held September 30th – October 1st at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Spearfish, S.D. The spectacular fall colors of the canyon greeted nearly 60 attendees and helped contribute to a pleasant learning environment.

To kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon, participants divided into breakout sessions in which the choices included how to navigate the social networking cyber highway, preparing nutritious meals in a hurry, and estate planning.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES) Educator Laurie Tangen covered the topic Healthy Meals in a Hurry. She discussed which foods can and cannot be frozen, and displayed several food storage products that have special features to make them airtight. She stressed that when using bags to freeze foods, however, use “freezer” bags rather than “storage” bags.

Tangen provided recipes which can be prepared using a master mix, such as meat sauce. This mix can be made beforehand and then incorporated into other entrees such as sloppy joes or spaghetti.

Stacy Hadrick, also a SDCES Educator, discussed Planning for Your Family’s Future. She says the first step in estate planning is to set goals – especially business goals – and write them down. Then start talking. A number of issues should be addressed, including retirement needs and care of minor children or aging parents. Medical procedures such as life support should be discussed, as should treatment of heirs and the question of who will manage the finances. It may be a good idea to obtain an attorney or estate planner. The most important thing is to get started.

After supper the remainder of the evening was spent enjoying Fun Night. Activities included making table runners, massage, jewelry making, a livestock knowledge quiz, and making magnetic bulletin boards.

The annual Rural Women in Ag Conference was held September 30th – October 1st at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge near Spearfish, S.D. The spectacular fall colors of the canyon greeted nearly 60 attendees and helped contribute to a pleasant learning environment.

To kick off the conference on Thursday afternoon, participants divided into breakout sessions in which the choices included how to navigate the social networking cyber highway, preparing nutritious meals in a hurry, and estate planning.

South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service (SDCES) Educator Laurie Tangen covered the topic Healthy Meals in a Hurry. She discussed which foods can and cannot be frozen, and displayed several food storage products that have special features to make them airtight. She stressed that when using bags to freeze foods, however, use “freezer” bags rather than “storage” bags.

Tangen provided recipes which can be prepared using a master mix, such as meat sauce. This mix can be made beforehand and then incorporated into other entrees such as sloppy joes or spaghetti.

Stacy Hadrick, also a SDCES Educator, discussed Planning for Your Family’s Future. She says the first step in estate planning is to set goals – especially business goals – and write them down. Then start talking. A number of issues should be addressed, including retirement needs and care of minor children or aging parents. Medical procedures such as life support should be discussed, as should treatment of heirs and the question of who will manage the finances. It may be a good idea to obtain an attorney or estate planner. The most important thing is to get started.

After supper the remainder of the evening was spent enjoying Fun Night. Activities included making table runners, massage, jewelry making, a livestock knowledge quiz, and making magnetic bulletin boards.


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