FSA hosts Ag Women’s Day June 4 in Faulkton

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Members of the South Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA) including Dawn Nagel, Sully County Executive Director, Paula Petersen, Edmunds County Executive Director and Kristy Smith, Spink County Farm Loan Officer, have teamed up this year to bring you the 6th Agriculture Women’s Day on Wednesday, June 4, at the Community Center in Faulkton. They are encouraging all women to attend the event.

“This year’s event offers factual information that affects our daily lives centered on the foods we consume, market development, employees in our businesses and communities and a little humor to nourish us. We encourage all women regardless of their age to invest in themselves and attend this day long inspirational and educational event.” said Nagel. “All women are tied to agriculture in some capacity. The most basic connection is through the food they or their family members consume. However, they may also be a farmer, own or be part of an Ag-Business, or operate a non-ag related business in our rural communities. Regardless, this day provides a great opportunity to connect with one another and gain a better understanding of factors affecting the communities we live in, as well as gain a strong connection to those we have in our daily lives as neighbors, at church or at our local markets.”

The keynote speaker, Amy Kirk, will provide an inspirational and motivational message encompassing “A Ranch Wife’s Slant”. Amy works first hand in the agriculture sector as an active part of her family’s ranch and as a writer. She also sees the humor that comes from miscommunication, lack of communication or variances in interpretation and understanding. Amy is a down to earth South Dakota girl that sees the value of sharing her experiences with others. Amy recently released the book ‘A Ranch Wife’s Slant: Connecting with others Through Agriculture and Humor’. “Amy’s passion for agriculture and her ability to see the humor in daily events that can occur in a business or on a ranch is phenomenal. I am excited that Northern Plains Coop was willing to sponsor Ms. Kirk as this year’s Key Note Speaker” Dawn stated.

The day begins with registration, visiting the information booths and vendor shopping, along with coffee and rolls from 8:00-9:00. The program begins sharply at 9:00 a.m. Leading out the day is Craig Schaunaman, State Executive Director with FSA, with “FSA: Where we are Headed”. Joe Schefers, Regional Agronomy Lead with Monsanto, presenting “GMO Crops, Agriculture & Monsanto”; “Aliens in Agriculture” by Olga Reuvekamp, Hill Top Dairy Owner & Program Director for SD Ag & Rural Leadership; “Using Nutrition to Improve Inflammation: An Approach to Better Health” April Sorenson, RE & Exercise Instructor; “Agriculture: Domestic Development & International Markets,” Ty Eschenbaum, Ag Development Representative. We add in time for the luncheon, co-mingling, and fun action breaks. In addition, the conference will provide attendees with information about FSA programs available. The day runs from 8:00-4:00. “This program is designed for today’s women who have to manage and balance both personal and professional aspects of their daily lives,” said Nagel. “We pack a lot of information and fun into one day, it is a day you truly won’t want to miss.”

The day’s events begin at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. Registration is requested on or before May 23rd and costs $10. Interested individuals should contact the Sully County FSA Office at 605-258-2613.