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By John Fulton

[FEB. 9, 2004] 

Illinois women in agriculture

There has been a big push lately on helping women feel more a part of mainstream agriculture. To that end, a conference has been set for the Bloomington-Normal area on March 5-6.

Women will have opportunities in several areas: learn about the transition issues of the multigenerational family farm; get practical tips for managing money on the farm; hear about the growing meth problem in Illinois; learn about the challenges and opportunities of our global ag economy; and attend the Illinois Agri-Women annual meeting.

Registration cost is $25 per person, and more information is available by e-mailing Ruth Hambleton at rhamblet@uiuc.edu.

A grain marketing seminar for women is also scheduled. It will be at the Extension office in Bloomington on March 3-4. Registration for this seminar is $20, and information is available from Ruth Hambleton at the above e-mail address.

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Top Farmer Crop Workshop

Purdue University's Top Farmer Workshop has been well attended by Illinois producers in the past, and the addition of yield monitor data analysis will probably make it more popular. For those who had an opportunity to work with Terry Griffin when he was our area farm business, marketing, and management educator, he is now at Purdue and working with the conference.

Information and registration forms for the July 18-21 workshop are available on the Web at www.agecon.purdue.edu/topfarmer. For those who have been looking for something to do with all those yield records, this may be your opportunity!

[John Fulton,
Logan County Extension office]

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