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For Immediate Release Contacts: Becky Bray, Scott County Extension Education Director, 563-359-7577, email@example.com Julie Kieffer, University Conference Services, 515-956-3201, firstname.lastname@example.org Amber Bisinger, Extension External Relations Specialist, 319-377-9839, email@example.com Feb. 4 – 5 Conference Planned to Empower Women in Agriculture As the mom of a 2 year-old, there really isn’t such thing as a typical day for Tori Grantz. And as a woman making her career in agricultural sales, her job isn’t typical, either. Tori and her husband Wayne live east of DeWitt, have a feeder cattle operation and raise corn, soybeans and hay. By day, Tori works for GreenValley Ag & Turf in sales; prior to that she was an ag loan officer. Having grown up on a farm, you could say agriculture is in her blood. Tori is one of more than 20 presenters that will take part in the 2010 Overall Women Conference, coordinated by Iowa State University Extension, and designed specifically for women involved in or affected by agriculture. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 4-5 at the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf. It will feature workshop sessions related to farm business, value-added agriculture, personal growth and more. Tori’s session, Farm Machinery & Equipment: Learn the Basics, will let attendees get up close and personal with machinery. She will show machinery parts that are universal across brands, help women understand safety features and symbols, along with provide a general explanation of how things work. According to Tori, “It’s all about connecting the dots. I’ve been asked to run for a part but unsure of what I’m asking for. This session is meant to educate and empower. When women feel more knowledgeable, it makes for a much more pleasant experience.” As a presenter, Tori feels strongly that this conference gives women in agriculture the opportunity to learn and ask questions with other women, and network with women of different levels of experience. The conference will include sessions with up-to-date information on biofuels, energy policy, seed trait technology and wind energy. Attendees can also take advantage of value-added agriculture workshops related to marketing, agritourism and local food systems. Industry experts Roger McEowen and Beth Collins return by popular demand to discuss farm business practices. Roger McEowen will discuss the tremendous uncertainty that exists concerning tax planning, and will help sort out what can be done given all of the uncertainty in his session, Tax Planning for the Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. Future. McEowen is the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law at Iowa State University in Ames, where he is also the Director of the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Beth Collins is a Commodity Broker for VPI Company and will educate and motivate attendees with her sessions entitled Beginning Grain Marketing and Advanced Grain Marketing. She offers advice for price protection and explores ways for farmers to lock in profits. Cyndi Young, farm director and manager of Brownfield Ag News, will present the keynote address. She will motivate and inspire attendees to be proactive and step up to the plate to tell the story of agriculture through her message: Stand Up for Agriculture. For a complete list of seminar topics and to register online, visit the Overall Women Conference website www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/overallwomen/home.html. Early bird registrations and a special hotel room rate will be accepted through Jan. 20. For more information, contact your county Extension office or call 800-262-0015. ### Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
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