NFU women’s conference provides skills, guidance to participants

Farm Forum

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. – National Farmers Union’s (NFU) 2015 Women’s Conference, designed for farm and rural women, is based on the well-respected Annie’s Project education program. The event was held Jan. 17-21, 2015, and provided participants with tools and information to confidently manage risks in their farm or ranch operations and develop leadership skills.

“This conference built on NFU’s experience in offering adult education classes specifically designed for women in agriculture and provided participants with important leadership and management skills, as well as networking opportunities,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “Family farm operations and communities benefit when each person understands strategic planning, business analysis, risk management, and transferring operations from one generation to the next.”

Highlights of the agenda included: a screening of “Terra Firma,” an award-winning film about veteran women farmers; breakouts on leadership training, financial planning and Farm Bill programs; and special guests such as Althea Raiford, one of the women starring in “Terra Firma;” Lilia McFarland, coordinator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program; and Gary Matteson, Farm Credit’s vice president for young, beginning, small farmer programs and outreach.

The conference was sponsored by Agribility, American Farmland Trust, CHS Foundation, CoBank, Farm Credit, FUI Foundation, Montana Farmers Union, NFU Foundation and USDA’s Risk Management Agency.