Wheat Growers hosts Women That Support Agriculture event

Farm Forum

Mitchell — A select group of women took part in the first Women That Support Agriculture event at Mitchell Technical Institute. Topics included a grain marketing overview, an examination of strategic grain marketing programs and an overview of effective recordkeeping. The group also heard from keynote speakers Stacy and Troy Hadrick, who farm and ranch in north central South Dakota. The Hadricks talked about their advocacy for agriculture programs and encouraged the women to be actively involved in promoting and defending agriculture through one-on-one contacts as well as social media.

Brenda Cypher attended the sessions with her daughter. She and her husband farm 2,400 acres near Wolsey, South Dakota, along with a cow-calf operation. Her goal for the event was to get a better handle on marketing and find software resources for farm management.

“Even though I’ve been farming for 20 years, it’s still hard to understand today’s marketing techniques,” Cypher said. “But thanks to this event, I think I got it.” Cypher and her husband are beginning the process of transitioning the business part of their operation to their daughter, Leah Hofer.

“My daughter is learning the same things that I’m learning today,” Cypher added. “So we’ll share that when we get home and hopefully transition within the next five years.”

Hofer and her husband have a feedlot operation near Hitchcock, South Dakota. She also saw the value of the programs and hopes there are more like it.

“I’m only 21 years old and I would love to see more women come to these kind of events,” Hofer said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get more information and then take that information back to our husbands and our farms.”

“Wheat Growers understands all the hard work women do day-to-day in agriculture and agribusiness,” Bill Pool, Wheat Growers Director of Communications and Corporate Marketing, said. “We hope this event provided additional information and connections that these women can share with their farms and communities.”