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washington women in ag conference

Posted: January 31 2013
womeninagwashingtonFebruary 23, 2013
Women in Agriculture
A conference to learn, network and share your knowledge about farming.
The 2013 Women in Agriculture Conference will broadcast engaging speakers to several locations throughout the state. This localized format of the conference is designed so women producers can benefit from a statewide conference while still meeting their on-farm duties at home.
Saturday, February 23 offers you an opportunity to refresh and renew your spirit for farming with engaging speakers and networking opportunities. You deserve it!
 Join us at one of the 21 statewide locations from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and hear from our keynote speaker, farmer and entrepreneur Trini Campbell from Riverdog Farm in Guinda, California .
Explore the question: What is Working Capital and What Does It Means to Your Farm? 

Are you financially prepared to take advantage of an opportunity to grow your operation? Can you survive a market downturn or crop or livestock damage? Have you heard the term Working Capital? This interactive session will help you better understand what working capital is, why it is important and how to calculate it. We will analyze the key components of a balance sheet to help you make well-informed management decisions using the financial ratio of working capital. An understanding of your working capital puts you in a better position to be prepared for whatever might happen on your farm.

At each location, local producers will share practical experience on how they make financial decisions to take advantage of opportunties and manage risk.
The registration deadline for the conference is Feb. 18. The conference registration fee of $25 includes the workshop, light breakfast, lunch, handouts and a copy of the book titled "Farmer Jane - Women Changing the Way We Eat" by Temra Costa.
Did you know women farmers have emerged as an important segment of the agricultural community? According to the Washington State agriculture census, female principal farm operators increased 44% from 5632 in 2002 to 8090 in 2007. Women manage 881,612 acres of farmland and sell $184,307,000 annually in farm products.  Ninety-eight percent of women-owned farms are small farms with total sales less than $250,000.  Latino women, as principal operators, increased 67% from 2002 to 2007.
It's going to be a great day you won't want to miss!
If you have already registered, please pass this message to someone who would like to attend with you!

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