Farm Talk

July 16, 2013

Dirt, denim & diamonds conference set for August


CNHI

Parsons, Kansas — The Second Annual Dirt, Denim and Diamonds conference hosted by Flint Hills Chapter of Kansas Agri-Women,is to be held Aug. 9 and 10, 2013. By being inspired by family members and other agricultural conferences this conference will be focused on the integral roles a Rural Woman plays.

Whether it be managing their own farming operation or with business partners, being responsible for keeping the home fires burning, or simply wanting to learn more about the industry of agriculture, this event fits like your favorite pair of jeans.

Agriculture today needs the support, input, and intelligence of women, just as much today or even more than the generations before us. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, gain support, and educate themselves regarding all aspects of agriculture, regardless of your level of involvement.

Dirt, Denim and Diamonds is offering sessions on leadership, current events and issues in agriculture, as well as the skill-building opportunities for all levels. The format includes breakout sessions, where participants may connect with influential and motivated people in agriculture. In addition, there will be ample opportunities for networking during the continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.

The conference will be held at the Living Water Ranch which is located sixteen miles north of Manhattan, Kan. Located in the Flint Hills, the ranch lies nestled in the middle of hundreds of acres of rolling hills. The hills provide a stunningly beautiful backdrop with opportunities abound to experience wildlife such as the White-Tailed deer, wild turkey and the majestic Bald Eagle.

The event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. with a welcoming ceremony followed by a ‘Girls Night In’ which consists of hands on projects, shopping, sampling and door prizes! There will be three mini sessions consisting on topics of food labeling, livestock photography, and Farm Communication.

Saturday will consist of morning and afternoon sessions with a variety of agriculture topics from livestock to agribusiness. Saturday’s Keynote Speaker is Joyce Thierer who specializes in agriculture and women’s history, she will be presenting “Our Food and Our Land”

Registration deadline is Aug. 1. More information about the conference and registration forms may be found at: http://www.dirt denimdiamonds.blogspot.com/Vendor Booths. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Flint Hills Chapter at dirtdenimdiamonds@gmail.co mor fill out the registration forms online and return with payment. £