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July 7, 2013

Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference slated for August

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference will take place Aug. 8-9 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center.

“The focus of the two-day conference is to assist women and producers to successfully manage risk for their agricultural enterprises or small businesses,” said Damona Doye, Oklahoma State University Extension farm management specialist.

Cost is $50 per participant if registering by Aug. 1 and $60 thereafter. Registration includes two breakfasts, two lunches, all refreshment breaks, conference materials, post-conference training and a Taste of Oklahoma reception on Thursday evening, Aug. 8.

Registration forms and additional information are available online at http://www.OKWomeninAgandSmallBusiness.com, or by calling the OSU department of agricultural economics at 405-744-9826.

The Moore-Norman Technology Center is located at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

A number of concurrent sessions will be offered during the conference. Sessions will focus on a variety of high-profile topics about agriculture, alternative enterprises and business and finance. Participants will be able to attend sessions of most interest and value to them.

“The conference is a great resource to learn the latest information on topics that empower women to solve issues and concerns of importance to them, their families and communities,” Doye said. “A particular strength of the conference is the ability of participants to personalize their experience.”

Keynote speakers are Jolene Brown, professional speaker, author and family business consultant, and Celeste Settrini, a media, graphics and communications expert and founder of Couture Cowgirl ‘n Co. Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese will provide an opening welcome.

“Opportunities for informal networking between participants and interaction with conference experts often lead to personal and professional inspiration, ideas and solutions, as do the informational booths and women-owned businesses featured in the mini-mall,” Doye said.

The two-day event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and numerous sponsors who have helped keep costs low to participants. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension and Oklahoma State University offer their programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran and are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Heath Herje is an agriculture educator with Cleveland County Cooperative Extension service.

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